Anti-Gay Congressman Resigns Over Affair

Jim Burroway

May 18th, 2010

Another sanctity-of-marriage and abstinence promoter has admitted to having sex with someone who was not his wife. Indiana Rep. Mark Souder (R) announced that he is resigning due to an affair he had with a staffer. Well, he’s not resigning because of the affair exactly; he’s resigning because people will be mean to him by questioning his integrity:

“In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain,” he said. “I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process.”

Souder helped to create that “poisonous environment.” He signed an amicus brief in an attempt to overturn Washington, D.C.’s new marriage law. And according to Joe Sudbay, Souder posted some podcasts on his official congressional web site on “Homosexual Marriage” in which he compared marriage equality to polygamy, which is ironic given Souder’s own disdain for monogamy.

May 18th, 2010

“given Souder’s own disdain for monogamy”


Lindoro Almaviva

May 18th, 2010

Homosexuals are the scum of the earth. If we allow them to marry it cheapens you marriage and my marriage. We can’t allow that to happen! Our marriages are blessed by God and we must protect them! Allowing a homosexual to marry is just the door to bestiality and polygamy.

I now resign because it is not fair that you all are using this tiny little affair I had with my staffer. How dare you question my integrity? I have never lied or held ill will towards anyone. how could you kick a victim while he is down, have you no heart? I quit.

And people actually believe that one does not beget the other…

Paul in Canada

May 18th, 2010

…awe, come on… he just needed his staffer to lift his luggage once in a while……

paul j stein

May 18th, 2010

Would that have been his FIRST, SECOND, THIRD marriage? I just want the chance to have a few LEGAL EX-husbands under my belt before I die.

Regan DuCasse

May 18th, 2010

He’s GOT to be kidding! “…any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain.”

And did HE seize on what he considered personal failings in gay people to deny them the most basic of civil rights and protections?
After all, HE’LL be able to divorce and marry again and again…regardless of how much he’s failed as a husband and father in this regard. I doubt he’ll say that he’s unworthy of marriage rights because of this situation.

Didn’t HE use and foment poisonous anti gay sentiment to further HIS political ambition?

He’s failed in his moral principle and he blames WASHINGTON, D.C. for it?!

I can’t stand it. I just can’t STAND this victim card playing hypocrite!

Richard W. Fitch

May 18th, 2010

HOORAH!! My state is relieved of one more vile, venomous hypocrite. He is not my representative but his various positions have never won my favor. Good-bye!! And Good riddance!!


May 18th, 2010

“In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain,” he said.

For f*ck’s holy sake! It’s the poisonous environment, not his behavior, that drives this good man away, for his family’s sake.

God bless you, Mark Souder, as you fall on your sword.

As if he had nothing whatever to do with making that atmosphere. . . .


May 18th, 2010

You know, as I read this message, from his website ( ), I wonder whether the Separation of Church and State could also extend into the House of Representatives and Senate? Can there be a requirement that our representatives NOT infuse every page of their website and their representation of their voters — ALL of their voters — with their individual religious and spiritual values?

Oh wait…I just woke up from my dream and hit reality. My bad.

Lynn David

May 18th, 2010

Next to Hostettler, Souder was the worst. Indiana is purging itself one at a time.

Timothy (TRiG)

May 20th, 2010

I like PZ Myers’ take on this story:


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