Shanna Moakler Resigns Over Miss California USA Controversy

05/13/2009 at 03:25 PM EDT

Shanna Moakler Resigns Over Miss California USA Controversy
Carrie Prejean (left) and Shanna Moakler
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Shanna Moakler stepped down Wednesday as co-director of the Miss California USA organization, a day after Miss California USA Carrie Prejean was allowed to keep her crown amid a controversy over her topless photos and activism against same-sex marriage.

"I cannot with a clear conscience move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it," says Moakler, a former Miss USA, in a statement.

It was a turnaround for Moaker, who on Tuesday offered her support to Prejean, 21, after Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe organization, allowed her to continue as Miss California USA and Miss USA runner-up.

"This was a very sad decision for me. I stayed up all night trying to make the right decision," Moakler tells PEOPLE.


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