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News 8 Asks Miss California Carrie Prejean More Tough Questions

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It took just one question and answer to turn a San Diegan's quest to become Miss USA upside down. News 8 spoke with Carrie Prejean Tuesday, just two days after the controversial Q & A. But even though the outcome wasn't pretty, the beauty queen says she stands by her answer.

The crown went to Miss North Carolina, but the spotlight is on Miss California, San Diego native Carrie Prejean.

"I was totally prepared to win Miss USA. I was told that I was the front runner the whole time, in Vegas for the 2 1/2 weeks and up until the final question, and think that I was going to win," she said.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton asked the 21-year-old if other states should follow Vermont in legalizing gay marriage.

"I was asked a question that was very controversial and I gave my honest opinion, and everybody is entitled to their opinion. I think that I was deducted points because of my opinion and that is not right," she said.

Carrie, who attends San Diego Christian College in El Cajon, says she's received a lot of backlash, most of which is coming from Perez Hilton himself. Perez expressed his views on the Early Show, and says it's not what Carrie said, but how she said it, that cost her the title.

"There are various other ways she could have answered that question and still stayed true to herself without alienating millions of people," Hilton said. "You have to answer the question as Miss USA, not as Carrie Prejean."

But Carrie is also getting a lot of support, not only from the San Diego community, but from all over the country.

"I'm just really proud, happy with support that I've gotten, I've had over 2,500 messages on Facebook, people just praising me... 'you're an inspiration, you stood up for what you believe in against a man who was trying to bring you down,'" Carrie said. "I would rather be biblically correct, than politically correct."

Carrie says it's those positive comments that have encouraged her to become a motivational speaker. She plans to travel and talk to youth about standing up for yourself and sticking to your convictions.

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