14 May 2009

Shanna Moakler quits Miss USA over Miss California controversy

A day after Donald Trump allowed Miss California Carrie Prejean to keep her crown following controversy over her opposition to gay marriage and semi-nude photo scandal, former beauty queen Shanna Moakler has resigned from her spot with the Miss USA California organization.

Moakler, the reality star and ex-wife of drummer Travis Barker, is a proponent of gay rights.

Following Trump's decision, Moakler said she could no longer associate with the pageant because of Prejean''s comments and Trump''s decision, Usmagazine. com reported.

"I feel that at this time it is in my best interest to resign from the Miss California USA organization," The New York Daily News quoted her, as telling Us.

"I cannot with a clear conscience move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it," she added.

At a news conference, Trump defended Prejean for her position that marriage was between a man and a woman.

She gave her answer during the April 19 Miss USA Pageant, owned by Trump.

Prejean, 22, has charged that the semi-nude photos were leaked by people angry over her opposition to gay marriage.