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An honorable institution – topless photos of beauty queens

By now everyone is aware that Miss California and runner-up to Miss USA Carrie Prejean has spoken out to defend marriage as being between a man and woman only. Some say she would have had the Miss USA title but for her answer to that damning question.

And then the first topless photo appeared. A lingerie shot, topless, with breasts tastefully half concealed. Pageant officials were understandably worried, but she assured them it was the only one. Besides that, she tells them, she was a naive teenager when the photo was taken. Besides that, she says, it’s a lingerie shot and not a topless photo (well it really is both). BUT, it is the ONLY ONE.

Until the second photo appeared. Another shot apparently from the same photo session. Now she says these photos are being publicized just to mock her religious beliefs.

In a statement given to CNN on Tuesday, Prejean said the photos — and she did use the plural — were being used in a “vicious and mean-spirited” effort to silence her for “defending traditional marriage.”

While she vowed to “continue to support and defend marriage as the honorable institution it is,”

So pageant officials are huddling to discuss damage control, and the web site that revealed the first two photos promises there are more to come. And Miss California could just lose her crown.

“When you compete for Miss California, you’re supposed to disclose whether you posed for nude or semi-nude photos, because it’s grounds for disqualification,” he said.

CNN obtained a copy of the pageant contract Prejean signed last year, in which she agreed that the discovery of semi-nude photos could mean disqualification.

And the whole story would be a yawner for most of us except that Miss Prejean has tapped into the most polarizing political issue of the moment. And while I could care less about the photos (they really aren’t much different from the Victoria’s Secret ads on television), or even about her hypocritical statements for that matter. But using her platform to publicly campaign against gay marriage does get my attention. And for that reason, I hope the pageant officials enforce the contract and remove her.

Sorry, but I won’t link you to the site with the photos. You’ll have to do your own Googling for that.

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