Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Former Miss California USA Sues Claiming Religious Discrimination

Former Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, yesterday filed a lawsuit in a California state court against Miss California pageant officials accusing them of religious discrimination, as well as defamation , disclosure of private medical facts and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Prejean's title was taken away in June 2009, allegedly for breach of contract. The complaint (full text) in Prejean v. Lewis, (Los Angeles Superior Ct., filed 8/31/2009), alleges in part that defendants violated California's Unruh Civil righs Act (CA Civil Code Sec. 51) by conspiring to have Prejean dismissed as Miss California USA because she insisted on publicly expressing her religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. Entertainment Tonight reports on the lawsuit. (See prior related posting.)