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Kim Kardashian: Miss California Is 'Narrow-Minded'

04/23/2009 at 01:35 PM EDT

Kim Kardashian: Miss California Is 'Narrow-Minded'
Kim Kardashian (left) and Carrie Prejean
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Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to slam Miss California Carrie Prejean's anti-gay marriage stance, which she verbalized at the Miss USA pageant last weekend.

"I don't agree with her narrow mindedness and neither do a lot of people," Kardashian, 28, tells PEOPLE of Prejean's much-discussed response to judge Perez Hilton's query of her opinion the civil rights issue. "I'm not so narrow-minded so I definitely think a lot broader. Everyone has the right to be happy and be treated equally and I think not allowing gay marriage just kind of puts us back."

Adds Kardashian, "I believe you're in love with who you're in love with, and you should be able to marry them. No one should tell someone else how to think or how to feel."

Kardashian says she appreciates that Prejean was merely saying what she believed, but that may not have been the most tolerant of opinions. "I obviously have a completely different opinion but I think her answer was true to her," Kardashian says. "That answer represented her and how she felt. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. She stood up for what she believes in so she should be happy with that backlash."

Meanwhile, the newly-crowned Miss USA, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton, downplayed the scandal at a City Harvest event in New York Tuesday, saying "I really don't think there should be a controversy. Miss California verbalized how she felt."

With reporting by JEFFREY SLONIM

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