Miss America Contestant To Push For Gay Rights During Pageant

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At the Miss America pageant on January 15, Miss New York Claire Buffie will declare her support for gay rights. She says her sister and many friends are gay and she doesn't want to see them "treated as second-class citizens."

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Just what I needed after having to debate the morality of homosexuality in an Ethics class today. I'm gay and closeted, and being forced to hear a lot of homophobic language and consider the possibility that I'm an abomination was very, very hard for me.

Also her first name is exactly the same as mine. Awesome.