Miss Beverly Hills Defends Anti-Gay Beliefs in Her Own Words

Beauty queen addresses recent criticism

By Olsen Ebright
|  Thursday, Feb 25, 2010  |  Updated 6:37 PM PDT
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Miss California USA contestant Lauren Ashley is standing by her controversial remarks.

Miss California USA contestant Lauren Ashley is standing by her controversial remarks.

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Miss Beverly Hills has come out swinging against critics of her anti-homosexual beliefs.

On Wednesday, Miss California USA contestant Lauren Ashley told Fox News that the Bible is "pretty black and white" about God killing homosexuals.

On Thursday, the beauty queen and her publicist downplayed the comments, saying the biblical passage isn't something she or anyone else should take literally. However, it is still the basis for her beliefs against same-sex marriage.

Ashley's controversial interview with Fox induced flashbacks of Carrie Prejean, last year's brief titleholder who told Miss USA pageant judge Perez Hilton that she believed "a marriage should be between a man and a woman." Prejean eventually lost her title for unrelated reasons.

The city of Beverly Hills has disavowed Ashley.

"The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns Ms. Ashley's recent statements and has contacted pageant officials to determine ways to formally prevent any beauty contestants claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills in the future. The City of Beverly Hills does not sponsor a beauty pageant and has no association with Miss California USA. As such, there should be no individual claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills."

However, because pageant rules allow contestants to choose their own moniker, Ashley is keeping the B.H. title.

She will be competing for the Miss California crown in November.

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