Miss California Defends Her Answer to Question about Same-Sex Marriage

April 23, 2009 - 12:29 PM
Miss California says she stands by her anti-gay-marriage comments, even if they may have cost her the Miss USA crown.

Hosts Billy Bush, center, and Nadine Velazquez, right, listen as Miss California Carrie Prejean, left answers a question from judge Perez Hilton, unseen, about legalizing same-sex marriage during the Miss USA Pageant, Sunday April 19, 2009 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

Los Angeles (AP) - Miss California says she stands by her anti-gay-marriage comments, even if they may have cost her the Miss USA crown.
 
Carrie Prejean defended her views Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show, telling host Matt Lauer that she spoke from the heart during Sunday's pageant when she said that "marriage should be between a man and a woman."
 
The beauty queen's response to a question from openly gay pageant judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has received more attention than the winner, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton. During the pageant, Hilton asked Prejean if every state should follow Vermont in legalizing same sex marriage.
 
"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other," Prejean responded. "But in my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
 
Hilton, who also appeared on the "Today" show Tuesday, said his question was relevant and that Prejean should have "left her politics and her religion out because Miss USA represents all Americans."
 
Prejean, who was named first runner-up at the pageant, told Lauer that she knew "at that moment after I'd answered the question, I knew that I was not going to win because of my answer." Still, she stands by her statements.
 
"I don't take back what I said," she told Lauer, adding that she "had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God."
 
"It's not about being politically correct," she said. "For me, it's about being biblically correct."