Carrie Prejean told a conservative audience Friday that divine forces provided her with the platform to publicly voice opposition to gay marriage.
Prejean, speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, insisted that “God had a plan for me that day” when she voiced her opinion during the 2009 Miss USA contest.
The former Miss California was asked during the contest by judge, and openly gay blogger, Perez Hilton if she supports gay marriage and her answer ultimately led to a firestorm of controversy.
“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 live televised event. “No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
Prejean went on to lose the contest, an outcome she blamed on bias against her answer to the gay marriage question. Following her loss, Prejean was viewed as a martyred icon by some in the social conservative movement and came under attack from some progressive bloggers.
Reflecting on the contest Friday, Prejean said, “I’m so proud of the answer that I gave. God chose me for that moment.”
“I was a woman who stood up for the truth and people don’t want to admit that,” she said. “I had the courage and the bravery that a lot of people don’t have.”
“I am not defeated, they have not defeated me. They can say whatever they want about me and my faith,” she said. “I always wanted to leave a legacy of courage and boldness and to show that to young people.”
Prejean also thanked her “thousands of fans who believe in me, and saw me as more than a beauty pageant girl.”