A young woman, who will take part in the Miss California USA contest as Miss Beverly Hills, is stirring up controversy with her anti-gay marriage comments. Her title is also causing her trouble because she's not from ritzy Beverly Hills and never won a local contest there.
Lauren Ashley, 23, recently told several news outlets that she is against same-sex marriage. "I believe that God is not for homosexuality. I feel like it's a sin," she told KCBS.
These comments are similar to former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who made her anti-gay marriage comments on the nationally broadcast Miss USA pageant.
Then there's the problem of Ashley representing the 90210. The ritzy city doesn't even have a pageant. Keith Lewis, a K2 Productions stage director for the Miss California USA pageant, told the Los Angeles Times that contestants can choose the area they represent and Ashley chose to compete as Miss Beverly Hills in November 2010.
Ashley lives in Pasadena, but she said she spends most of her time in Beverly Hills. This does not sit well with Beverly Hills mayor Nancy Krasne.
"I have no idea who she is. She doesn't live in Beverly Hills," Krasne told KCBS. Krasne said Beverly Hills has a long history of tolerance towards everyone, and she doesn't appreciate Ashley's association with her town.
"Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and she can have one. But not with my city's name attached to it."
Krasne said the city has contacted Miss California USA pageant officials to determine ways to formally prevent any contestants from claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills in the future.