Carrie Prejean, the controversial Miss California, defied state sponsors who asked her to apologize for her remarks about gay marriage, the AP reports. On the contrary, Prejean—coached by her San Diego megachurch’s founder, a former NFL player—has become more resolute in her beliefs. “I learned that God has a bigger crown than any man can give you,” she said in an appearance at the church yesterday.
“‘You need to apologize to the gay community. You need to not talk about your faith. This has everything to do with you representing California and saving the brand,’” Prejean recalled being told. “I was representing California. I was representing the majority of people in California. I knew I had to stay true to my beliefs and not let them intimidate me into taking back what I said because I don’t take back what I said.”