Former Miss California runner-up Carrie Prejean became a lightning rod for controversy this spring after she answered Perez Hilton's question about whether states should legalize gay marriage.
"We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage," Prejean said. "And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised, and that's how I believe that it should be—between a man and a woman."
Several Christian organizations, including Focus on the Family, Liberty University, the Gospel Music Association, and Family Research Council, quickly scheduled Prejean for interviews and speaking engagements. Photos of Prejean in her underwear emerged, and pageant officials announced that they had paid for her breast implants. Miss California terminated Prejean's contract in June, alleging that she had breached her contract. Prejean then sued the pageant on several grounds, including libel. Prejean settled the lawsuit with the pageant last week, while a gossip blog reported that she had appeared in a solo sex tape. Prejean spoke with Christianity Today on Monday about her new book, Still Standing, and the recent allegation.
It's been quite a ride for you since the pageant. What's been the best part, what's been the hardest part, and how have you dealt with the turn of events?
I guess the hardest part was just all the attacks. I was just an innocent person at a pageant. I was asked a question and I gave an honest answer, and I wasn't trying to be this political person. I did not have my own agenda. I was just being honest. I think the best part was that some of my most memorable experiences ...