New Miss California USA also against gay marriage

Miss California USA's executive director says the pageant would never try to silence new title holder Tami Farrell's stance against gay marriage.

Tami Farrell - 2009 -  © Glenn Francis -

Keith Lewis told The Associated Press on Friday that he wants all of the beauty contestants he deals with to be able to voice their opinions as long as they don’t violate their contracts, San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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According the San Francisco Chronicle Farrell said in a television interview Thursday that she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. But she added: “I don’t think I have the right or anybody has the right to tell somebody who they can or can’t love.”

On June 10, 2009, she became Miss California USA 2009 after Executive director Keith Lewis fired previous Miss California USA Carrie Prejean from the position after accusations of Carrie repeatedly breaching her contract.”…after our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship…” “…it has become abundantly clear that Carrie is unwilling to fulfil her obligations under our contract and work together” said Lewis, according to

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