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Miss California Speaks About Pageant Controversy At The Rock Church

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Miss California is standing behind her controversial comments about same-sex marriage. Carrie Prejean has rejected advice from her sponsors, who urged her to apologize for saying gay people shouldn't marry. She spoke Sunday at The Rock Church.

Pageant Q and A between gay blogger Perez Hilton and Miss California Carrie Prejean didn't end with the typical glitzy crown, sash and roses, but it did land the San Diego native in the national spotlight.

"I think I was representing my state, which is California, and the majority of people in the nation that they believe marriage is between a man and a woman," Prejean said.

The 21-year-old San Diego Christian college student says she has no regrets about her answer in the Miss USA pageant. She spoke about her experience at her hometown church, The Rock Church in Point Loma, where she sent a message to stand firm in your beliefs, regardless if it's popular or not.

"It's about challenging others to when you're put on the spot, stand up for what you believe in and you don't always have to be politically correct," Prejean said.

Her pastor Miles McPherson says it was clear her words resonated.

"This last week was a big wake up call for everyone to see how intolerant some people can be and how we need to not be intimidated for standing up for what we believe," McPherson said.

The controversy is something Prejean's parents admit has brought them closer together.

"I'm very proud of her, her dad and I are very, very proud," Prejean's mother Francine Coppola said. "She stood by her god, her faith and her convictions. That's how she was raised."

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