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Anti-Gay Ex-Gov. Mark Sanford Gets Engaged

The anti-marriage equality, anti-gay adoption, anti-civil union, pro-constitutional-amendment-defining-marriage-as-the-union-of-one-man-and-one-woman, Republican former governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, is getting married again.

Nm_mark_sanford_110127_mnGov. Sanford proposed to his girlfriend, Maria Belen Chapur, in Argentina on Wednesday. Argentina, please recall, is where Gov. Sanford really was when he disappeared from the governor's office for several days in 2009, after telling a few staffers he was going to "hike the Appalachian trail." He wasn't hiking. He was visiting Ms. Chapur, a commodities broker, with whom he'd been carrying on an affair for at least a year. After the affair became public, Gov. Sanford was nearly impeached, and his wife divorced him.

Gov. Sanford's proposal reportedly came as a surprise to Ms. Chapur, arriving in the middle of lunch at a restaurant called Bella Italia Grill, in Buenos Aires. From The Daily Caller:

... [the] restaurant [is] a favorite of journalists and business executives. Sanford reportedly arrived early and handed the ring in a bag, or pouch, to one of the servers. Sanford then hid himself in the handicapped bathroom for more than an hour before Chapur arrived.

The server approached Chapur and presented her with the pouch, saying that she had won an award for being the hundredth customer of the day. Chapur reportedly opened the pouch and found the ring, and looked confused. Sanford then appeared from his hiding spot and declared his love for her.

... the couple then kissed, cried and promised to love each other forever.

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  1. We live in a great country where you can republican-marry your adulteress mistress after you've disgraced your public office and lose your wife.

    Posted by: Dale | Aug 25, 2012 10:36:01 AM

  2. Way to defend the Traditional Marriage!! Cheat on your Wife...leave your kids for a "hike" and then move to another country to marry your new mistress. We will see him again this Sunday at Church. (brainwashing...brainwashing...brainwashing...brainwashing on a Sunday morning in Buenos Aires Argentina) LOVE IT

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 25, 2012 10:41:25 AM

  3. I just don't see how this is news.

    Posted by: ElCid | Aug 25, 2012 10:47:24 AM

  4. What a stupid way to propose. I would've turned him down.

    Posted by: Dev | Aug 25, 2012 10:49:41 AM

  5. A mistress, divorce, re-marrying. Hypocrite.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 25, 2012 10:50:19 AM

  6. Glad he can legally bring his new, foreign-born spouse to the U.S. Too bad same sex couples can't do that too. Oh wait, maybe he'll stay in Argentina. Let's hope so.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Aug 25, 2012 10:54:02 AM

  7. I'm with Elcid. This is too much detail for a jerk former politician who disgraced himself. His political career is over---telling bizarre lies and marrying his former mistress doesn't exactly strengthen it. Ask Gingrich.

    A sentence about it would have been enough.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 25, 2012 11:04:35 AM

  8. "... the couple then kissed, cried and promised to love each other forever."

    ...or until the seductive call of the Appalachian trail becomes too much go them.

    Posted by: Keppler | Aug 25, 2012 11:07:08 AM

  9. So she'll get US citizenship because she's marrying him, right? Another benefit that GLBT folks miss out on if they're involved in a bi-national relationship.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 25, 2012 11:07:45 AM

  10. I'm sorry but the part about him hiding in the disabled stall reminded me of this.

    Posted by: CD | Aug 25, 2012 11:37:08 AM

  11. Yikes. Governor skin cancer!

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Aug 25, 2012 11:47:05 AM

  12. Hes marrying his whore! I hope he stays in Argentina. I can't imagine her moving to South Carolina specially Charleston area as that is Jenny 's territory. So that was what all the fuss about Mark Sanford building a cabin with his sons at the Sanford property last summer was all about-to shack his whore. Shame letting his sons do manual labor for their despised soon to be step mom. mark Sanford greatest politician hypocrite.

    Posted by: Grace | Aug 25, 2012 12:03:05 PM

  13. How sweet. I wonder what the bible has to say about fornicating adulterers?

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Aug 25, 2012 12:03:15 PM

  14. Mark Sanford hidden in the handicapped bathroom waiting to propose marriage is just the image I needed to start this day of RIGHT

    Posted by: brianZ | Aug 25, 2012 12:27:16 PM

  15. Now I just want to throw up.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 25, 2012 12:29:03 PM

  16. @ STEVE;

    Precisely ! If I marry my BF in the USA I don't get equal treatment; if I marry him in Europe the USA won't recognise the marriage as valid !

    What a democracy....where even elections are bought.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 25, 2012 12:31:40 PM

  17. Hiking the Appalachian trail=ravaging the Argentenian bush

    Posted by: Howard | Aug 25, 2012 12:59:21 PM

  18. I wonder when he will sign an order to have his wife stoned to death for marrying a divorced adulterer?

    The Bible is EXTREMELY clear that this is what he must do.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 25, 2012 1:07:05 PM

  19. I'm glad he has the right to get married twice, first one doesn't work out so then he marries his soulmate. Touching.

    Posted by: Kyle | Aug 25, 2012 1:11:14 PM

  20. The Call of the Wild

    It's springtime and a young man's fancy
    is seized by the call of nature, the call of the wild,
    a force beyond his control,
    a force he pretty much thinks about all the time,
    that in springtime shuts down all other thought,
    the urgent need that can be slaked by one thing only,
    by hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    See the rest of the poem at the link.

    Posted by: Glenn Cassidy | Aug 25, 2012 1:15:28 PM

  21. This news article reminded me of an old saying: "Honey, if he cheats to get to you, he'll cheat to get away from you as well!!!"

    Posted by: WDS | Aug 25, 2012 2:13:35 PM

  22. Hey, maybe he could speak at the Repub convention about the sanctity of marriage! And introduce his almost new wife to Ann! I smell a photo op here...

    About how serial monogamy is way better than polygamy (no offense to any Mormons).

    About how his children now have two Moms, but not in that bad gay sense, only in that good heterosexual way, the way God intended kids to have two Moms.

    Hey, Ann this is wife number two so far. How about a nice political plum job after Mitt gets in?

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Aug 25, 2012 4:24:56 PM

  23. He had to take over a handicapped stall for over an hour! I smell a rat.

    Posted by: LB | Aug 25, 2012 5:41:07 PM

  24. and I thought it was one man, one woman for life........................

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 25, 2012 5:50:42 PM

  25. When you wish them every happiness in Argentina, be sure and emphasize the "in Argentina" part.

    Posted by: james | Aug 25, 2012 10:10:52 PM

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