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Gilded City Says There Is No Miss Beverly Hills

The city of Beverly Hills Wednesday issued a statement saying there is no Miss Beverly Hills, the city does not have a representative in the Miss California USA pageant, and it does not endorse any such contests.

This came as a woman claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills in the California pageant attracted minor headlines for recent comments expressing her opposition to gay marriage. Lauren Ashley apparently lives in Pasadena, although the pageant stated that it allows contestants to represent whatever area they wish.

The 23-year-old's statement that the bible is "pretty black and white" on homosexuality raised the ire of the socially liberal Beverly Hills City Council:

"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," stated Mayor Nancy Krasne. "We are dismayed by any potential association with the City of Beverly Hills, which has a long history of tolerance and respect."