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Sarah Palin stands up for Miss California

May 14, 2009 | 10:19 am

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Sarah Palin has come to the defense of Miss California Carrie Prejean, who been the center of controversy after expressing concerns about gay marriage.

 "The liberal onslaught of malicious attacks against Carrie Prejean for expressing her opinion is despicable," said the Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate in a statement. "Our Constitution protects us all – not just those who agree with the far left."

Prejean was thrust into a media firestorm last month at the Miss USA pageant when contest judge Perez Hilton, who runs a celebrity blog, asked her how she felt about same-sex marriage. She replied that she did not personally believe that two people of the same sex should marry, adding "no offense to anybody out there."

There were calls to remove Prejean as Miss California. But pageant owner Donald Trump refused, saying she "gave a very, very honest answer when asked a very tough question. . . . It's the same answer that the president of the United States gave. . . . It was probably a fair question because it's asked of many people. . . . She gave an answer from her heart and I think for that she has to be commended."

Palin's statement from CNN:

"I can relate as a liberal target myself," Palin said in the statement. "What I find so remarkable is that these politically motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe – marriage is between a man and a woman." Palin confirmed that she spoke to Prejean "soon after the attacks started." The governor, once a beauty pageant contestant herself, said she respected Prejean for "standing strong and staying true to herself."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo Carrie Prejean. Credit: Getty Images