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Donald Trump Says Miss California Can Keep the Crown

But will conservative Christians continue to put her on a pedestal?

If you haven't had enough of Miss California yet, she's still reigning in the news today. Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA pageant, says Carrie Prejean can keep her crown, even after more racy photos were released online this morning.

A gossip site has posted more pictures of Prejean, some of which are topless. Trump called many of the pictures "lovely."

"We have determined that the pictures taken are fine," he said. "Some were very beautiful, some were risque, but, again, we're in the 21st century …. In many cases they were actually lovely pictures."

Trump and Prejean reminded the press at a news conference today that both she and President Obama oppose same-sex marriage. Several conservative Christian groups have praised Carrie Prejean for saying during the pageant that she is against same-sex marriage.

But Ben Smith writes that at the press conference, Carrie Prejean put some distance between herself and the movement, saying she stood by her beliefs but didn't plan to make a career of them.

"I am not working for the National Organization for Marriage. I spent about an hour with them," she said. Politico posted a short video from the news conference:

In an ad for USA Today, Focus on the Family asks "What would you sacrifice for your beliefs?"

Prejean appeared yesterday on James Dobson's Focus on the Family program, and Dan Gilgoff offers a partial transcript of their interview on his blog.

Dobson: And you did one of the most courageous things I've seen anybody your age or ...
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