TICKER: Legendary anti-gay crusader, Ted Haggard, now disgraced pastor makes u-turn on gay marriage

Ted Haggard has been keeping a low profile since he hit the headlines, back in 2006. In 2006 a huge scandal hit the headlines when it was revealed that Ted Haggard, a married man and evangelical pastor had another secret life which involved drugs and same-gender relationships, sometimes with strange and random men.

After the scandal went public, Haggard entered three weeks of intensive counseling, overseen by four ministers. In February 2007, one of those ministers, Tim Ralph, said that Haggard “is completely heterosexual.”

The scandal removed Haggard from the Colorado church that he co-founded. The church had grown to over 14,000 members.

Now Haggard is back in the spotlight, having started yet another church, in the basement of his Colorado Springs home. The new church that Haggard has started is described as small and inclusive.

Haggard now believes that same-gender marriage should be legalized. On Monday, Haggard argued in an online debate with Rabbi Benjamin Hecht, director of Orthodox Jewish think tank Nishma. Haggard argued that same gender marriages should be legalized by the state. The debate was in answer to a prompt which asked, “Should same-[gender] marriage be allowed by the state?”

Considering that Haggard went into “treatment” for being attracted to the same gender it comes as a surprise that he would support legislation that supports same-gender marriage.

Haggard has been married to the same woman, Gayle Haggard, since 1978. She stood by his side through the scandal and in 2011 she released a book entitled, “Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour.”

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