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Will Gay Marriage Champion Claire Buffie Be Crowned Miss America Tonight? (Update: No)

Tonight in Las Vegas, the Miss America pageant will crown its 90th beauty, awarding one of fifty-three women a $50,000 scholarship and the title and crown, to be passed on by last year’s winner Caressa Cameron. The two-hour event will be broadcast live on ABC at 9pm EST. And one possible winner, of course, will be Miss New York Claire Buffie, who’s been hitting the headlines and cable news networks (see above) as a same-sex marriage champion, and an all around advocate for heteros supporting LGBT equality — the first contestant in Miss America history to make our rights her central mission. Now raise your hand if you think Buffie will push her gay agenda during the pageants Q&A portion!

UPDATE: Nope, Buffie didn’t win. The crown is now on the head of Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan, who attacked WikiLeaks in her Q&A, and who at 17 becomes the youngest person (and first Nebraskan) to ever win. Along with Miss Delaware Kayla Martell, Buffie did win ABC’s America’s Choice Award, where viewers voted for their favorite contestant.