Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin released a statement Wednesday night defending Miss California against "the liberal onslaught of malicious attacks."
Prejean finished second in the Miss USA contest after voicing her opposition to gay marriage in response to a question by pageant judge and openly gay blogger Perez Hilton. Prejean was attacked by some on the left for her answer, but emerged as a star among social conservatives following the contest.
Palin said she spoke to Prejean soon after the contest and "can relate as a liberal target myself."
"What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe — marriage is between a man and a woman," Palin said.
"I respect Carrie for standing strong and staying true to herself, and for not letting those who disagree with her deny her protection under the nation's First Amendment Rights," Palin said.
"Our Constitution protects us all - not just those who agree with the far left."