Fmr. Miss Calif: Gay comment cost me my crown

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">In this photo taken on Sept. 14, 2008, Miss California Carrie Prejean is shown standing next to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, rear with white cap, at the Browns versus the Steelers game at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The directors of the Miss California USA pageant are looking into whether title holder Carrie Prejean violated her contract by working with a national group opposed to same-sex marriage and by posing semi-nude when she was a teenage model. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Scott Heckel, The Repository&#41; </span></div>
June 12, 2009 7:58:56 AM PDT
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.

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."

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

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