back to top

The Politicians Who Supported DOMA Who Had Affairs

Seven Republican members of Congress, one Democratic president who signed the law, and one Democratic congressman.

Posted on

7. Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Gingrich has been married three different times. Both Gingrich's first and second marriages ended when he began relationships with the women who would later become his second and third wives, respectively.


5. Republican Congressman Bob Barr

Getty Images / Getty Images

Barr has been married three times. He was the lead sponsor of DOMA. Barr's second wife said he began an affair with his third wife — whom he married a month after their divorce — while they were still married.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.