Meet The Miss California Pageant's Lesbian Contestants

Jenelle Hutcherson, 26, and Mollie Thomas, 19, didn't win the Miss California USA competition this weekend, but they made history by being the first two openly gay contestants in the 60-year-old competition. Two years ago a certain Miss California caused a huge controversy when she advocated for "opposite marriage," and Keith Lewis, co-executive of the contest, excitedly declared that he intended this year's pageant be "bigger and reflect the progressive attitudes of the contestants." Both young women said they entered the pageant to promote LGBT acceptance. 22-year-old Natalie Pack took home the title, so unfortunately the Miss USA pageant won't feature Hutcherson in a tux or Thomas telling the audience she's "running for equality."