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In the days that followed, Ted says he came clean with Gayle about his sexual immorality and drug use. "I can't think of anything that would have been a greater shock to me, and, literally, I felt as though the rug had been pulled out from under me," Gayle says.

Yet, she stayed by her husband's side. "I was going to stay with Ted because, first of all, I love him deeply and I knew that we had a very real relationship," she says.

Through therapy, Gayle says she realized that her marriage wasn't a lie and that Ted's struggles were only one aspect of him and didn't take away from the life they had built together. "I choose to forgive him, and I choose to love him. I made the decision. Then I had to work it out. And that was the painful process for me."
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FROM: Evangelist Ted Haggard, His Wife and the Gay Sex Scandal
Published on June 30, 2009

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