''We had a little bit of a dilemma with Carrie, who's here, who's lovely, and who gave a very, very honest answer when asked a very tough question at the recent pageant. It's the same answer that the President of the United States gave. ... If her beauty wasn't so great, nobody would have cared.''
Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump announcing that he fully supports Carrie Prejean, the current Miss USA California, who has courted controversy with a tour of appearances promoting her anti-gay marriage views. A number of previously semi-nude photos of Prejean were revealed in the last week, as well. Despite both of these developments, Trump has made the final decision to allow her to continue with her title. He also referenced Barack Obama's past statements where he flatly stated that he does not support gay marriage but does support civil unions. (MSNBC via YouTube)
''Not only do I hold this belief, but as Mr Trump said, the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, and many Americans agree with me in this belief.... As [Judge #8] was trying to be self-promoting and hateful, while I have remained silent since, I am honored to be here today.''
Carrie Prejean doing a little rewriting of the last couple of weeks. The runner up to the Miss USA crown made several appearances in the last week at church and at the National Press Club to lend her name, face and story to the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage. She is likely correct, though, that top gossip blogger Perez Hilton has done plenty of self promotion during his own media appearances to confront the anti-gay marriage views of Prejean and Maggie Gallager of N.O.M. (MSNBC via YouTube)
''I believe when I express my opinion I have the responsibility to do it respectfully.... I believe Californians may disagree on some things, but we all take pride in our state's diversity.''
Lines read by a gathering of past pageant winners including Brook Lee and Megan Tandy for a short video response that attempts to address the negative feelings surrounding the current Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, who is reported to have been a no-show for this public service announcement.