Carrie Prejean Loses Miss USA Bid

Miss North Carolina may have won this year's Miss USA title, but comments from Miss California -- Carrie Prejean -- made about same-sex marriage are stealing the limelight.

Miss California (r) knows how she feels about gay marriageDuring the interview portion of the competition, Miss California was asked her thoughts on the controversial issue. After fumbling over her words a bit, Carrie Prejean responded, "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage...and you know what? I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman."California is in the midst of a polarizing political uproar over the passing of Proposition 8, which effectively reverses the previous legalization of same-sex marriage in the state.Her remarks drew a mixed response from the crowd, with some applauding and some booing the San Diego blonde.But pageant directors and others involved in the pageant world, many of whom are gay men, are not amused. The co-executive director of Miss California USA/Teen USA said, "As one of the leaders of the Miss California family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California/USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss California family."Today, Prejean spoke about the controversy surrounding her statement:"I feel like I won. I feel like I'm the winner. I really do," noting that, on Monday, she had 1,000 messages on Facebook and 2,000 friend requests. She adds that her answer "did cost me my crown. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself, and that's all I can do. It is a very touchy subject. He (Perez) is a homosexual, and I see where he was coming from. I see the audience would've wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything."Interestingly, Prejean's sister is a gay-rights activist in the military. Prejean told reporters about the conversation she had with her sis after the pageant:"My (heterosexual) sister is a second lieutenant in the Air Force and she is a gay rights activist. She supports gay people; and she supports gay marriage. My beliefs have nothing to do with my sister or my mom, or whatever. She was just in my hotel room and she said, 'Sis, I'm not offended by anything that you said. We have different opinions, and I love you because of it. I love you because you stood up for what was right. It's not a matter of being gay or not gay, it's a matter of you competing for Miss USA, getting a question, and answering it to the best of your ability.' (My sister) has her own views. She's a 22-year-old woman in the Air Force who's extremely educated. She debates with my dad all the time about it. That's what's so great about being an American: We're able to have our own opinions."Miss California came in as first-runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, losing to Miss North Carolina -- and there is little doubt her remarks had much to do with her loss.

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Comments on "Miss California's statements on gay marriage"

bcmc May 04, 2009 | 12:51 AM

HEY PEOPLE: When are you going to understant that God created Adam (a man) and Eve (a woman). Does s and men who has kids, procreated them with your partner? OF COURSE NOT, the s need the sperm of a man and men need a woman to carry the baby, that should be enough prove that MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN, this has happened for million of years and now ou want to go against God's will with the excuses of "equal rights", "discrimination", etc. Proposition 8 won and you have to respect that. also, you know what ? married or not, you people and the ones who support you will burn in hell. Miss California should of won and Perez Hilton should never be a judge in anything, what he did is called discrimination against a hetereoual person. and he is such an ugly person.

JediMami April 22, 2009 | 2:04 AM

I applaud Miss California for standing her ground. I believe that the official who said politics have no place in the Miss California family should realize and review our country's history; our Constitution is an affirmation of our forefather's biblical and religious beliefs. They are the foundation for our country and she has just as much right to say that she favors a marriage between a man and a woman over same marriage, for one because she may not be interested in being married to a woman and want a traditional wedding in EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD and two is like she said she like everyone else who lives in these UNITED STATES are given the same rights to freedom of speech, and to the right to pursue happiness according to her preferences.

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