Miss California Allowed to Keep Her Crown

May 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A decision over Miss California is made as Donald Trump said she's made the debate over gay marriage more relevant than ever.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
See SurveryUSA Poll Results below
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Miss California made headlines for her opposition to same sex marriage.

Tuesday morning, Donald Trump announced she is not fired. Trump made the announcement with Carrie Prejean at Trump Tower in New York. He owns the Miss USA Pageant.

Prejean came under fire after critics said she was violating her contract with Miss USA by speaking out about her opposition to gay marriage. Prejean made several speaking appearances talking about her beliefs. She said today she's entitled to her opinion.

Trump said because of everything that's happened, the debate over same-sex marriage is now bigger than ever. "I was very careful to articulate in saying that I did not want to offend anybody, and that this is how I was raised, and this is what I believe a marriage should be, between one man and one woman," said Carrie Prejean.

Donald Trump said, "This is a very big issue. This is an issue that probably will be debated for a long time. I think because of the relevance of the pageant, we've brought the issue to the forefront. It's being talked about more than ever before. And maybe through that resolution will happen."

In addition to the controversy over same sex marriage Prejean came under fire for semi-nude photos that surfaced of her when she was a teenager. Prejean defended the photos saying they did not violate her contract with Miss USA.

Another set of photos came out this morning from what she said was a magazine shoot and the topless pictures were never meant to be released.

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SurveyUSA Poll

Geography Surveyed: California
Data Collected: 05/12/2009
Release Date: 05/12/2009 14:10 ET
Sponsors: KABC-TV Los Angeles, KFSN-TV Fresno, KGTV-TV San Diego, KPIX-TV San Francisco

During the Miss USA pageant, Miss California was asked a question about gay marriage. Was it fair to ask that question? Or not fair?
52% - Fair
41% - Not Fair
7% - Not Sure
Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.3%

Is it OK? Or not OK? For Miss California to appear in advertisements that say marriage can only be between a man and a woman?
58% - OK
37% - Not OK
5% - Not Sure
Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.2%

Based on what you know, should Carrie Prejean keep the title of Miss California? Should the title be given to someone else? Or, do you not know enough to say?
69% - Keep the Title
21% - Give To Someone Else
10% - Don't Know Enough
Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

Why should the title be given to someone else? Because she said she was opposed to gay marriage? Because she was photographed in a certain way? Both? Or is there another reason?
13% - Opposed To Gay Marriage
18% - Photographed in a Certian Way
39% - Both
29% - Another Reason
1% - Not Sure
Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 9.3%

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