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Ted Haggard Acknowledges He's Bisexual: A Brief History of His Sexual Orientation Scandal [VIDEOS]

Jan 26, 2011 – 5:23 PM
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Mary Phillips-Sandy Contributor

Is that his final answer?

In a new GQ profile, the Rev. Ted Haggard opens up about his sexual orientation, which has been the source of many rumors and revelations over the years. "Here's where I really am on this issue," he says. "I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual."

Haggard went on to explain that at his age (54), "I can have enforced boundaries in my life. ... I can be who I am and exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied."

In 2006, Haggard resigned his post as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after male escort Mike Jones claimed that Haggard had bought crystal meth from him and paid him to have sex.

Watch Mike Jones explain why he came forward:

Although Haggard admitted to buying drugs from Jones, he insisted he wasn't gay. In 2009, new allegations surfaced: A young church volunteer named Grant Haas claimed he'd had a sexual relationship with Haggard in 2006.

Haggard said Haas' assertions were "fundamentally true," but continued to hedge when asked direct questions about his sexual orientation. In an CNN interview during the scandal, Larry King asked Haggard, "Are you bi? Are you gay?"

"That's a great question," Haggard replied. "Different therapists have said different things to me. ... My current counselor says, 'You're a heterosexual with complications.' "


Haggard's sexual orientation has been a point of discussion because his evangelical churches typically take strong stands against homosexuality. A 2006 documentary called "Jesus Camp" includes footage of Haggard preaching about homosexuality and sin. "We don't have to debate about what we should think about homosexuality," he says. "It's written in the Bible."

If you're not sure what to make of Haggard, you'll be able to get to know him better when his reality-television special debuts. Its title? "Ted Haggard: Scandalous."

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