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Miss California Comes to DC

Miss California, Carrie Prejean, arrived at the National Press Club today to introduce an ad she stars in (via footage of her famous gay marriage answer to Miss

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 30, 2009

Miss California, Carrie Prejean, arrived at the National Press Club today to introduce an ad she stars in (via footage of her famous gay marriage answer to Miss USA judge Perez Hilton), to take three questions, and to dodge two more. She was introduced to a small group of TV reporters (and some social conservatives, like Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America) by Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, who painted Prejean as a martyr for a belittled class.

“In a split second, she spoke up for her truth — the truth,” said Gallagher. “She chose the truth over a tiara.”

Prejean, who readjusted the microphone to accommodate her extra foot of height, said she was there to “encourage people to stand up for what they believe in.”

“I do not want to raise my own children in a world where this traditional version of marriage is viewed as hateful or discriminatory.”

Prejean took one soft question on how she was responding to attacks (“Like I said in the interview on the ‘Today’ show, my answer was biblically correct, not politically correct.”) before starting to bristle.

“That is a silly question,” she said, asked if she would get into politics. “No.”

“Inside Edition” asked if she had a reaction to news that the Miss California organization had paid for her cosmetic surgery. “I’m not going to answer that.”

She passed on a question about ex-gays and took affront at a question about whether she was in the know about California law. “I’m here representing California,” she said, “not just as Miss California, but because 7 million people voted for traditional marriage.”

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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