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Carrie Prejean - Miss California, Runner Up Miss USA - 2009
Miss USA California Speaks Out: "My Values are More Important than Winning Contest" - April 20, 2009
During the Sunday April 26,2009 Miss USA Pageant, Miss California Carrie Prejean was asked by competition judge and openly gay blogger Perez Hilton whether or not she supports gay marriage. Here is her answer:
“We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” she responded during the televised event. “No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised.”
Her response wasn’t exactly what Hilton—or the crowd—was expecting. Prejean ultimately finished as the first runner-up in the competition to Miss North Carolina, who drew a less combustible question about taxpayer bailouts.
Carrie Prejean has offended many people, especially the gay competition judge Perez Hilton, when she said she believed marriage should be exclusively between a man and a woman because that was how she had been raised. However, even if this statement cost her the crown and title of Miss USA, she said she is not sorry, as she spoke to Sean Hannity of Fox News.
Miss California Carrie Prejean with Sean Hannity on Fox News
Carrie Prejean's Interview with FoxNews.com
FOXNews.com: How are you feeling today?
Carrie Prejean: Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I'm glad I stayed true to myself.
FOXNews.com: Have a lot of people been trying to get in touch with you?
Carrie Prejean: Yes, lots of phone calls. I've gotten over 500 facebook friend requests, hundreds of messages from people I don’t know, saying how proud of me they are that I stood my ground. That made me the real winner of the night.
FOXNews.com: Did your stomach sink when you first heard you picked Perez Hilton's question?
Carrie Prejean: I had a gut feeling. I knew he was controversial, and so was the question. Out of all the topics I studied up on, I dreaded that one, I prayed I would not be asked about gay marriage. If I had any other question, I know I would have won.
FOXNews.com: Did you think right away your answer may have killed your chances of winning?
Carrie Prejean: Yeah, I thought I was going to be 4th runner up for sure. I was surprised I made it to first runner up!
FOXNews.com: Before "the question," did you think you would win Miss USA?
Carrie Prejean: There was a lot of talk about me, people saying I was the frontrunner. During the whole two-week experience leading up to the pageant, I was very confident and relaxed. Not too nervous.
FOXNews.com: Were you sad you didn't win? Did you go to the party afterwards, or go home and cry?
Carrie Prejean: No, I got together with my family. I ate my first hamburger in a long time!
FOXNews.com: Has the Miss Universe organization contacted you at all? What about your Miss California USA directors?
Carrie Prejean: I haven't been told anything. I didn't even see the Miss California directors after the pageant.
FOXNews.com: Are you upset that Perez Hilton called you a "b**ch" in his blog rant?
Carrie Prejean: Yes, but I have no regrets about answering honestly. He asked me for my opinion and I gave it to him. I have nothing against gay people, and I didn't mean to offend anyone in my answer.
FOXNews.com: So what about Perez's offer to take you out for coffee to "talk"?
Carrie Prejean: No comment!