Miss California Defends Controversial Gay-Marriage Remarks

Miss USA first runner-up Carrie Prejean sticks by pageant response that marriage should be between a man and a woman

By Gina Serpe Apr 21, 2009 8:20 PMTags
Carrie PrejeanDenise Truscello / Getty Images

Needless to say, Miss California's special talent was not the ability to read a room.

Miss USA first runner-up and bona fide YouTube sensation Carrie Prejean popped up on the Today show this morning to defend her crown-costing response to the gay-marriage question posed midpageant by out-and-proud blogger Perez Hilton.

"I was ready for my question, and when I heard it from him, I knew at that moment after I'd answered the question, I knew that I was not going to win because of my answer," she said. "Because I had spoken from my heart, for my beliefs and for my God."

Who knew the self-proclaimed Queen of all Media could thwart a fellow coronation?

While Prejean's response to the equal-rights query—"In my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman"—by all accounts cost her the sash, the 21-year-old said she sticks by her controversial reply.

"I wouldn't have answered it differently. The way that I answered it might have been offensive to people, and I said, 'No offense to anybody.' I did not want to offend anybody.

"It's not about being politically correct, for me, it's about being biblically correct."

(Originally published April 21, 2009, at 11:02 a.m. PT)