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Miss California USA keeps her crown

Donald Trump has spoken: Carrie Prejean gets to keep her Miss California USA crown.

The title of Miss California USA will stay with the augmented, panty-clad fundamentalist Christian pageant princess after Trump determined her risque photos were okay.”We’ve reviewed the pictures carefully,” Trump says at his news conference at Trump Plaza in New York City. “We’ve made a determination that the pictures taken were acceptable. Some were risque, but we are in the 21st century.”Topless photos of Prejean surfaced shortly after she found herself at the center of controversy after speaking out against gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant.

Miss California on her fateful night

Prejean, 21, said the photos were taken when she was 17 and that she was taken advantage of by a crafty photographer. This was not a very good story, however: the photos clearly show an augmented set of breasts on the self-described “biblically correct” model, which the Miss California pageant just paid for at the beginning of this year.The photos were not the real issue though, as all pageant participants must wear bikinis on stage that show more skin that Prejean’s photos did. The real issue was Prejean’s stance against gay marriage and alignment with a fundamentalist Christian anti-gay group.But Trump decided all this was okay, as well.”It’s the same answer the president of the United States gave,” Trump says. “It’s the same answer many people gave. She gave an honorable answer. She gave an answer from her heart, and I think for that she has to be commended.”And finally, Prejean spoke out against the haters. “On April 19 on that stage I exercised my freedom of speech and I was punished for doing so,” she says. “This should not happen in America.”

Read on for Miss California’s story

Miss California’s statements on gay marriage
Miss California controversy continues
Pageant officials seek Miss California ouster

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