CNN -- Donald Trump will let Miss California USA Carrie Prejean keep her title despite controversy over seminude photos and charges by state pageant officials that she had abandoned her duties to devote time to opposition to same-sex marriage. Trump, no apprentice at turning a negative into positive publicity, brought several weeks of controversy to a conclusion at his New York headquarters Tuesday with winners all around. Trump said his Miss USA pageant stays "so relevant," unlike the rival Miss America pageant seen only on a small cable channel. Prejean gained a national following that could help her post-pageant career. Celebrity bloggers, such as Perez Hilton, whose question to Prejean ignited the firestorm, gained a higher profile and more readers for their Web sites. And groups both for and against same-sex marriage gained energy for their fundraising and publicity campaigns.
Trump brings peace to Miss California USA imbroglio
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She said, "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised. America's Right To Vote. Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, says Prejean can retain her Miss California USA crown after she caused a stir expressing opposition to gay marriage and posing in racy photographs. One month later, she was fired. Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, says Prejean can retain her Miss California USA crown after she caused a stir expressing opposition to gay marriage and posing in topless photographs.
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Pageant spokesman Roger Neal said Tuesday it appears Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the page contract that all prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the November state contest. The detailed document prohibits the titular Miss California from making personal appearances, giving interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials. In the last 10 days, Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage. The contract also contains a clause asking participants to say whether they have conducted themselves "in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards. A copy of the contract bearing Prejean's signature and dated Nov.
Just two days after Miss California Carrie Prejean told the Miss California USA pageant committee that there was only one provocative photo of her, another photo showing a woman that appears to be Prejean in nothing but her underwear has surfaced online — but the beauty queen denies that it's her. But a rep for Prejean told Access Hollywood the photo is not her. The rep acknowledged that photo shows Prejean's head, but that "it appears to have been Photoshopped. The rep went on to say that Prejean maintains that one photo was taken during that session, "as far as she can remember.