This week, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton snagged the Miss USA title in Las Vegas, edging out first runner-up Miss California Carrie Prejean after the West Coaster gave a less-than-polished answer to a question on same-sex marriage — which may or may not have cost her the crown.

For over 25 years, the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council has been in violation of the city’s fair-practices ordinance barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in housing, employment and accommodations.

In the past week, gay and lesbians have gained the right to marry in the states of Vermont and Iowa.

The bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the state’s nondiscrimination law was voted out of the House State Government Committee on March 11 — the first time the legislation had made it out of committee.

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