The Miss USA 2009 competition raised debate about same sex marriage and may have cost Miss California (Carrie Prejean) the crown. During the question and answer segment of the competition, Carrie was asked by judge Perez Hilton (who is a homosexual blogger) whether same sex marriage should be legalized.
Perez became noticeably upset when Carrie said she was raised to believe that "marriage should be between a man and a woman." The audience had a mixed response to her comments. The executive director for Miss California USA announced that he was upset by Carrie's opinion.
Carrie was awarded runner up. She does not regret her comments and says that she stands by her opinion.