"I'm glad I didn't win that pageant, because I now have a cause"

Some of the response was an online backlash against Mr. Lavandeira and in favor of Miss Prejean. Even gay-rights groups have contacted her to apologize for his tirade, she said.

“I’ve received so much support,” Miss Prejean said. “I’ve received apologies from the gay community saying, ‘We’re so sorry for what Perez Hilton said.'”…

On Wednesday, she is scheduled to visit Liberty University, a Baptist college in Lynchburg, for a question-and-answer session with the chancellor. She follows that with an appearance at the National Press Club on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage during an announcement for the launch of a traditional-marriage ad campaign.