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Leading anti-gay marriage campaigner’s credit card used to pay for Ashley Madison account

Published 20/08/2015 | 11:36

The homepage of the Ashley Madison website
The homepage of the Ashley Madison website

THE credit card of a former leading figure from the Family Research Council in the US paid for an Ashley Madison account, it has been revealed.

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Josh Duggar was named an executive director of the council, which promotes traditional marriage, in 2013.

Millions of users’ details from the site, which was created for those wishing to cheat on their partner, have been leaked online.

The leaked data shows that Duggar’s credit card paid for an account on the site from February of 2013 until May of this year.

A total of $986.76 (€885) was billed to the card by the site.

The conservative lobbying group’s mission statement says it seeks to “champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.”

In May of this year Duggar was forced to resign from his position after accusations surfaced that he had molested five young girls – however the leak shows his card paid for the account while serving as executive director.

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Duggar said in May when the accusations emerged:

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.

“I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counselling.

“I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”

His wife also issued a statement at the time saying she forgave him.

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