Recently crowned Miss Universe Jimena Navarrete (Ximena Navarrete) says she's in favor of gay marriage.

The Mexican beauty beat out 82 other women from around the world to earn her title at the Miss Universe pageant held last week in Las Vegas.

In an interview with Mexico's W Radio, the Guadalajara native said: “I agree. I think we have to learn to respect because they are people just like us, there is no difference and I think it is unfair to discriminate against someone because of the sex he or she prefers.”

“The truth is that I am absolutely against discrimination. I have many friends who are gay and I adore them,” she added.

While no Mexican state has followed in the footsteps of Mexico City in approving a gay marriage law, a recent Supreme Court ruling forces Mexico's 30 states to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples married in the capital.

Navarrete's views on the subject stand in stark contrast to former Miss California Carrie Prejean, who was asked her thoughts on the institution during last year's Miss USA pageant. “And, you know what, in my country and in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” she answered.