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Beverly Hills distances itself from beauty queen Lauren Ashley

By KJ Mullins     Feb 26, 2010 in World
Beverly Hills - Lauren Ashley may claim to be Miss Beverly Hills 2010 but the city is distancing itself from the pageant beauty who has been anti-gay comments.
Ashley told Fox News on Tuesday that she believed that gay couples should be put to death quoting a passage from Leviticus, a book in the Bible.
On Thursday the city rejected Ashley who is a resident of Pasadena saying that she does not represent Beverly Hills in any capacity.
“The City Council was shocked to see statements made by a beauty pageant contestant under the name of Beverly Hills who does not live in nor represent our city. We are dismayed by any potential association with the City of Beverly Hills, which has a long history of tolerance and respect,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne.
LA Times quoted Keith Lewis, a K2 Productions stage director for the Miss California USA pageant, said Ashley's "Miss Beverly Hills" moniker was of her own choosing. Under pageant rules, he said, "the girls pick the territory they represent. Her representation area is Beverly Hills USA. When she competes [in November], her sash will read 'Beverly Hills USA.' "
Ashley will competing in the Miss California pageant in November. Contestants are allowed to choose where in a state they want to represent as long as they add the letters USA to the end of their title. The city does not have to approve of the title according to TMZ.
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