Miley Cyrus, the teen star of the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, has said that Jesus loves gay couples.

Writing on Twitter.com, 16-year-old Miley, who is a committed Christian, said that everyone deserves to be happy.

She was responding to blogger Perez Hilton, who in turn was commenting on the decision of Miss California, Carrie Prejean, to speak out against gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant last weekend.

Ms Prejean was asked her view on same-sex marriage by Mr Hilton, one of the competition’s judges.

She responded that her religious beliefs meant marriage was reserved for heterosexual couples, and has claimed her answer lost her the Miss USA title.

Mr Hilton asked celebrities their view, and Ms Cyrus Twittered:

“Jesus loves you AND your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! thats like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz hes gay and that is WRONG and very sad! like I said everyone deserves to be happy.”