Miss California To Appear At Gospel Music Awards

Miss California Carrie Prejean is keeping with the Christian theme by scheduling an appearance at the upcoming Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.

Prejean has drawn attention for her comments against gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant, where she was first runner-up last weekend.

A spokeswoman for the beauty queen says she'll introduce a performance by Mercy Me of their hit "I Can Only Imagine" on Thursday night. The Dove Awards will air live from Nashville on the Gospel Music Channel beginning 8 p.m. Eastern.

During Sunday's Miss USA pageant, Prejean's response to a question from openly gay pageant judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has received more attention than the winner, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton. Hilton asked Prejean if every state should follow Vermont and three others by legalizing same-sex marriage.

"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other," Prejean responded. "But in my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

Prejean, who was named first runner-up at the pageant, defended her views Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show, saying she knew after she'd answered the question that she was not going to win because of it.

Still, she stood by her answer, saying it was about being "biblically correct" instead of "politically correct."

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