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Miss USA Surprises With Gay Marriage Response

Apr. 22 2009, Updated 5:25 a.m. ET

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Miss USA Kristen Dalton had an apparent epiphany on the hot topic issue of gay marriage -- sometime between the first and third hour of Wednesday's Today Show, to be exact.

When asked in the show's first hour how she would have answered the question levied to Miss California Carrie Prejean, the Wilmington, N.C. beauty simply grinned in silence, leaving only crickets to be heard on the New York street where the interview was broadcast live. 

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Watch Kristen Dalton's first hour on the Today Show

However by the show's third hour, Dalton was posed the same question -- and succeeded splendidly with the do-over.

" The beautiful thing about America is that we have the right to choose romantic partners, and all types of couples should be legally recognized, "  Dalton told the Today Show's Al Roker in the second segment broadcast from inside the Today Show studios.

Wearing a shimmering tiara, Dalton summarized her thoughts, saying: "Whether or not its recognized as a marriage, I'll leave that up to the politicians."

Next up for Dalton: the Miss Universe pageant in August, in which Prejean will also be competing. Perhaps they can add a debate to the competition?

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