COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) — The president of America’s National Association of Evangelicals, who has been a vocal opponent of gay marriage, resigned on Thursday after an accusation he had a sexual relationship with a male escort.
Ted Haggard, who denied the accusation, also “resigned temporarily” as senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, according to a statement from the church.
“I’ve never had a gay relationship with anyone,” Haggard said in an interview with Denver television station KUSA on Wednesday night. “I’m steady with my wife. I’m faithful to my wife.”
The New Life Church statement said Haggard could “not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations.”
“I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity. I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a later date,” Haggard said in the statement.
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