The Politicians Who Supported DOMA Who Had Affairs

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

9. Democratic President Bill Clinton

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President Clinton famously received oral sex from White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

8. Republican Congressman Henry Hyde

Salon revealed that in the 1960s Hyde engaged in an extramarital affair that broke up a family.

7. Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich

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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.

6. Republican Congressman Bob Livingston

The congressman who was next in line to replace Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned after news of his own extramarital affairs became public.

5. Republican Congressman Bob Barr

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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.

4. Republican Congressman Dan Burton

In 1998 Burton admitted that he had an extramarital affair in the 1980s and had fathered a child of his mistress.

3. Republican Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage

The Republican Congresswoman admitted to having an eight-year affair with a rancher in the 1980s.

2. Democratic Congressman Gary Condit

Condit famously had an affair with former Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy, who later went missing and was found dead. Ingmar Guandique, from El Salvador, who was living in the country illegally, was convicted of her murder in 2010.

1. Republican Senator Pete Domenici

The former New Mexico senator revealed that he fathered a child through an extramarital affair with another senator’s daughter 30 years ago.

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