Another day, another anti-gay “family values” Republican caught in a sex scandal. John Diehl, the speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives who has been lauded by Christian right groups for “demonstrating moral leadership and true integrity in standing up for the sacred institution of marriage and the family values of the people of Missouri,” has been caught sexting with a college freshman intern (not, coincidentally, his wife).
Earlier this year, Diehl and the president pro-tempore of the state Senate filed an amicus brief in defense of the state’s anti-gay-marriage amendment, leading the Missouri Family Policy Council, the state affiliate of the Family Research Council, to praise the speaker “for demonstrating moral leadership and true integrity in standing up for the sacred institution of marriage and the family values of the people of Missouri.” The state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention thanked him for “fighting to defend biblical marriage.”
“Missourians owe a debt of gratitude to Speaker of the House Tim Jones, Senate President Pro Tempore Tom Dempsey and Speaker of the House-designee John Diehl for intervening on behalf of the state in the Jackson County case where state Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that 10 same-sex couples married in other states, but now living in Missouri, are entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual married couples,” said Don Hinkle, editor of the Missouri Southern Baptist newsletter The Pathway. “Their action took political courage and they are to be commended for their leadership.”
You can see screenshots of the text messages here. The most hilarious thing about them is that at some point, she changed his name in her cell phone from John to Frank Underwood.