Like Sanford, Ensign is opposed to gay marriage, seeing it as his duty to "defend" the institution. He and his wife were once active in Promise Keepers, a Christian evangelical group devoted to strong families and marriages. Gail Collins provides more details on Ensign's moral rectitude:
We hardly need to point out that Ensign was one of the people who demanded that President Bill Clinton resign over the Lewinsky affair, that he votes against financing for education and contraception services to combat teenage pregnancy and that he supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In the world of politics, hypocrisy is a hard market to corner, but lately the Republicans have been making a Microsoft-like effort to do it.
Adding to the growing perception that Republicans' licentious behavior is modeled after Fellini's "Satyricon," conservative columnist David Brooks said in an interview, "I sat next to a Republican senator at a dinner and he had his hand on my inner thigh the whole time. I was like, ew, get me out of here." Watch:
Exactly why Brooks didn't remove the offending hand was not explored. In any event, with the recent escapades of Sanford and Ensign, along with those of Foley, Craig and Vitter, one must conclude that something strange is going on in the "family values"-oriented Republican party.