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US beauty queen defends her views on gay marriage

Belfast Telegraph [1]
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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 apologise to the gay community. You need to not talk about your faith. This has everything to do with you representing California and saving the brand,” Ms Prejean recalled being told.

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. The Rock Church was active in the campaign to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriages last year.

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