ted haggard

“In my story it wasn’t about being born gay or being gay. I’ve always had a wonderful relationship with my wife”

SOUNDBITE — “I haven’t got a clue. All I know is that in my case it’s a very sad story. I regret that it happened. But, I’m glad I’ve been through what I’ve been through to take care of it, because in my story it wasn’t about being born gay or being gay. I’ve always had a wonderful relationship with my wife. … [Un]fortunately [the scandal] it was sexual. And unfortunately, it was about the most socially unacceptable type of thing that you can have. But, it was good for me as a heterosexual evangelical Christian, father of five, 30-year husband of Gayle. It was good for me to go through the Christian hatred of people believing that I was a gay man — and hating me so strongly because of it. And so because of it, my compassion for the homosexual community has gone up incredibly.” —Former john and renewed pastor Ted Haggard (via)