Miss USA contestants from states where same-sex marriage is legal are speaking out.
Miss Vermont: “Everyone has a right to their own actions. But I totally disagree with Carrie. I have a very different perspective on gay marriage and I would have never said what she said.”
Miss Connecticut: “In general, when you’re answering a question like that, you have to be politically correct about it. I would’ve answered differently to help accommodate all beliefs. It’s a decision between two individuals, and not just a man and a woman.”
Miss Massachusetts: “It’s really hard to think that people still think that way. But at the same time, there’s a lot of girls in pageants who wear their religion on their sleeve. If that’s what she thinks, I give her credit for expressing that, but that’s not how I feel. If two people are in a loving relationship, regardless of their sexual orientation, I think they should have equal rights.”
Miss Iowa: “Being from Iowa, I’m proud to say that our state has interpreted the Constitution to say that gays have the right to marry.”
And the overlooked winner of the pageant, Miss USA Kristen Dalton, sort of punts on the question: “In short, I would say everyone should be able to enter into a civil union, where they’re legally recognized as a couple and earn the same rights as a married couple. I’m not going to say whether or not I think it should be defined as marriage because that’s up to our politicans and our elected officials.”