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'Celebrity Wife Swap': Ted Haggard Talks His Views On Gay Marriage (VIDEO)


It was certainly a memorable "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Tue., 9 p.m. EST on ABC) when Gary Busey's fiancee Steffanie Sampson switched places with Ted Haggard's wife, Gayle. Haggard became infamous when a gay sex scandal erupted in 2006, in which a masseur alleged that Haggard had paid him for sex for three years.

While Haggard stepped down from his position at New Life Church, he and his wife did stay together, and even returned to Colorado Springs. Sampson noticed, though, that the whole ordeal still hangs like a heavy cloud over the family. She was particularly concerned about a passage she read in Gayle's book about the incident that suggested the masseur was doing the Devil's work.

She confronted Haggard about his opinions on gay marriage, and he said that while he supported civil unions, he couldn't support same-sex marriage, emphasizing the word "we" instead of "I" or "me" when describing his views.

"I feel like Ted cannot speak freely about certain things," Sampson said later. "Because he really has to the public-faced Ted and say what he thinks the public wants to hear." Haggard continued his rhetoric on an appearance on "Good Day LA" to promote the "Swap" episode.

"Celebrity Wife Swap" continues Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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