But it was Carrie Prejean–former Miss California–who stole the show.
Prejean, whose book, “Still Standing,” is set to be released in November, got emotional while discussing how her belief in “opposite-sex marriage” cost her points in the Miss USA contest.
“Even though I didn’t win the crown that night,” said Prejean, while pausing to fight back tears, “I know that the Lord has so much of a larger crown in heaven for me.”
The crowd ate it up.
Maggie Gallagher, the head of a conservative pro-traditional marriage group, introduced her to the packed room of hundreds of social conservatives as “our Miss America.”
Prior to choking up, Prejean explained how she knew her answer would jeopardize all the work she had put into preparing for the pageant.
She said, however, that she believes she was chosen for that moment.
“God chose me for that moment because he knew that not only would I be the one to stand up for him and for the truth, but because he knew I was strong enough to get through all the junk that I’ve been through,” said Prejean.
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