Again, from the National Organization for Marriage:
“It is amazing to me that in honestly answering a question during the Miss USA pageant, my answer would lead to what have become vicious attacks on me and my integrity as a woman. We have a great country, a country that was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Yet my comments defending marriage as between a man and a woman have now lead to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my integrity and somehow silence me and my beliefs as if opinion is only a one way street.
“I am a Christian and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. The photos of me taken as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid website that openly mocks me for me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect and I will never claim to be perfect. But the attacks on me and others who speak in defense of marriage are precisely the kind of intolerant, offensive attacks that I hear some in the gay community say are hurled at them for their opinions. No one should have their opinion silenced through vicious and mean-spirited attacks on one’s character and integrity.
“I will continue to support and defend marriage as the honorable institution it is. I will continue to stand with the overwhelming majority of the American people. If this whole experience has taught me anything it is how precious our right to speak freely is, and how we as Americans can never allow anyone or any group to intimidate or threaten us to keep silent.”
Having seen what is apparently the most revealing photo — and it’s not really that revealing — I am just about certain it was not taken when Miss Prejean was a teenager. I have asked for clarification. The blogs are all abuzz about this.