Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bombshell of the Miss USA pageant by saying gay couples should not be allowed to marry, said her state sponsors urged her to apologise afterwards but she rejected the advice. Ms Prejean, 21, said officials from the Miss California USA pageant were worried that her comments would cost their contest financial backing and tried to prepare her for a string of post-pageant media interviews by discouraging her from discussing her religious beliefs. You need to not talk about your faith. She offered her version of the tense hours following the 19 April Miss USA pageant while appearing at the San Diego megachurch that has helped shape her views.
Did Miss California's stance on same-sex marriage cost her the Miss USA crown?
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On April 19, , during the ceremony of Miss USA in Las Vegas , Nevada , the five finalists were all asked about political issues such as how to fight domestic violence, whether to use taxpayer money to bail out corporations, whether to give immigrants access to health care, and whether or the United States should donate money to the government of Afghanistan to fund its elections. Kenya Moore , Miss USA , has stated that the questions were "far too political and it's divisive as well". At the time of the pageant same-sex marriage was legal in two US states. In California the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the In re Marriage Cases ruling; voters subsequently passed Proposition 8 which made it illegal.
Prejean: I Was 'Dethroned' for Gay Marriage Answer
But everyone seems to be talking about first runner-up Miss California, who raised eyebrows with her answer to judge Perez Hilton's question and sparked the ire of the self-proclaimed gossip queen. At first, Prejean seemed to trip over her words before giving an answer that drew a mixed reaction from the audience and a look of thinly veiled disgust from Hilton. And you know what in my country, in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be, between a man and a woman.
I am being dethroned because of the answer that I gave. Prejean said the dethroning was just the culmination of growing disapproval by pageant officials. Wednesday Prejean told Larry King Live she was stunned by her firing. It's almost funny to me.