Former Miss Calif: Gay Comment Cost Me My Crown

Friday, Jun 12, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 AM PDT
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Former Miss Calif: Gay Comment Cost Me My Crown

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean says she lost her crown because of a comment she made about gay marriage and not because she had been skipping appearances.

Prejean told Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show Friday that she "absolutely" had been dethroned because of the comment, when she said marriage should be between a man and a woman.

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Prejean lost her title Wednesday after the California pageant's executive director said Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances.

Prejean denied that and calls her firing a set up. She says "tolerance needs to be a two-way street."

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Prejean was replaced by the Miss California pageant's first runner-up, Miss Malibu Tami Farrell.

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