Members of Haggard's Church Defending Him

November 3, 2006

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) -- Some members of Ted Haggard's Colorado church say the allegations can't be true.

One church member calls the claims about gay sex and drugs "ridiculous." E.J. Cox says "people are always saying stuff about Pastor Ted."

Another New Life church member, Brian Boals, says "it's political, right before the elections."

The accusations are coming from Mike Jones, a 49-year-old gay man from Denver, who says he's not working for any political group.

Jones says he decided to go public with his claims about Haggard using methamphetamine and paying for gay sex because of the political fight over an amendment to ban gay marriage in Colorado.

Haggard has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage.


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