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Miss USA Winner Mum On Gay Marriage

Apr. 22 2009, Updated 12:00 p.m. ET

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Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton won't go there.

When asked on the Today Show Wednesday how she would have answered the gay marriage question given to Miss California Carrie Prejean, the Wilmington, N.C. beauty simply grinned in silence.

She said that she was proud of Prejean for standing true to her beliefs.

Dalton said that the nature of the questioning -- which included hot-button issues such as the aforementioned gay marriage question and the economic crisis -- proved that the competition is not just about pretty faces.

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"It shows that we are not only beautiful," she said, "But intelligent on the issues, and that's what makes it fresh and relevant."

Next up for Dalton: the Miss Universe pageant in August.

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