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Carrie Prejean, who spoke out against gay marriage during the question-and-answer portion of the Miss USA pageant, is being dogged now that some pretty racy photos of her have hit the web.
"On April 19, I chose to answer a question during the 2009 Miss USA pageant in an honest and personal manner that expressed my views of the long-established definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman," the beauty contestant said in a statement Tuesday. "Yet my comments defending traditional marriage have led to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my reputation and somehow silence me and my beliefs, as if opinion is only a one-way street."
The shots, which can be seen on The Dirty.com, show Miss Cali wearing nothing but a pair of undies. But she says they are just your typical, run-of-the-mill modeling shots.
"I am a Christian, and I am a model," she said. "Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos."
Carrie says that the pics were "released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith."
"I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be," she went on. "But these attacks on me and others who speak in defense of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others' opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks."
The good Christian says she "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 and the voters of my home state of California."
"If this whole experience has taught me anything," she concluded, "it is our precious right to speak freely, and how we as Americans can never allow anyone or any group to intimidate or threaten us to keep silent."
So, chime in. Is she a hypocrite or not?