Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California, has suggested that divine intervention made her publicly criticise gay marriage.

Prejean was sacked in June for breaching her contract.

Before being dethroned, she had caused controversy by saying marriage should be between “a man and a woman” at the Miss USA pageant in May.

Blogger Perez Hilton was one of the judges. When he asked her directly whether same-sex marriage should be legalised in all US states she replied: “In my country, in my family, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offence to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised”.

Speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday, Prejean insisted: “God had a plan for me that day.”

She continued: “I’m so proud of the answer that I gave. God chose me for that moment.

“I was a woman who stood up for the truth and people don’t want to admit that. I had the courage and the bravery that a lot of people don’t have.

“I am not defeated, they have not defeated me. They can say whatever they want about me and my faith,” she said. “I always wanted to leave a legacy of courage and boldness and to show that to young people.”

To watch a video of Prejean describing God’s plan for her, scroll down.