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Can You 'Pray Away the Gay'?

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Ted Haggard's wife thinks so.

In 2006, a homosexual prostitute alleged that pastor Ted Haggard had been a client for several years and had also purchased drugs from him. Now Haggard's wife says he is now "freed of gay urges" and that counseling "cured" him.

"Our relationship is better than it's ever been. Going over this mountain together has given me the marriage that I've always longed for," Gayle Haggard, author of "Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour," told the "Today" show this morning.


If our husbands visited a male prostitute, it would a definite deal breaker. Yet, for Gayle, it wasn't. What would you have done in her shoes?


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Joey January 27, 2010, 4:50 PM

If your husband visited a female prostitute, would that be a dealbreaker too? Or just the male ones? I could argue both ways, no pun intended.

My opinion: God bless Gayle for having the open heart to want to make the marriage work and to be willing to forgive the infidelity. That said, she and others are morons if they think you can “pray away the gay.” Reparative “therapy” is wrong and harmful. There is neither a “cure” available nor needed for homosexuality, and the sooner America realizes that, we will all be in a better place.

arisma January 27, 2010, 5:13 PM

Praying the gay away is about as likely to succeed as praying for blue eyes when you were born with brown. I never made a choice to be heterosexual and I see no reason to think homosexuals chose their orientation either.

cls January 27, 2010, 11:30 PM

Ted lied before. So which is more likely now? 1) That a few months of counseling and prayer changed a lifelong sexual attraction, or, 2) that he’s lying about his sexual inclinations just like he lied before.

pss January 28, 2010, 11:49 AM

What would I do? Puke all the way out the door.

David Arthur March 6, 2011, 7:24 AM

This is not so much as “praying away the gay” as it is accepting and becoming morally & spiritually aware that homosexuality is an addiction, a sickness, a real true illness. Society has accepted it as a lifestyle, just as the devil would have them do. But that does not change the fact that it IS a sin and it IS detestable by God. I lived a life of homosexuality, prostitution, drugs, alcohol, sexual addiction, etc…etc… and I DID find my hope and salvation in God’s Holy Word. If you knew me then you would know I was not just “confused” about my sexuality, I was a raging, flaming homosexual who eventually dressed in drag and took female hormones to grow breasts, etc… but as I live & breath this very moment, I can assure you and promise you that God has the power to do anything and He will welcome you with open arms once you realize and accept that your “lifestyle” is NOT a lifestyle, but an immoral act, an addiction.


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