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Sheriff Paul Babeu Talks to CNN About Gay Rights, His Ex-Boyfriend's Allegations, His Relationship Status: VIDEO


Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff and Republican congressional candidate Paul Babeu did a lengthy interview this afternoon with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the Mexican ex-boyfriend whose allegations of threats involving their relationship forced Babeu to come out of the closet over the weekend.

The full interview is about 10 minutes longer than this clip, which came near the end of it. Blitzer asks Babeu, since he now "openly gay", what his thoughts are about gay marriage and whether he might now join the Log Cabin Republicans.

Babeu says he "goes all Ron Paul" when it comes to gay marriage and says it's an issue that should be left up to the states. It's unclear whether he knows what the Log Cabin Republicans are, but replies "I'm sure" when asked if he would get involved with them. Blitzer also asks him if he's seeing anyone at the moment.

That clip, along with one about the allegations being made by his ex-boyfriend and another on his decision to leave the Romney campaign follow below.

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  1. I can't bear to watch it. Another interview where meaningless babble about "states' rights" ignores the reality of marriage in America.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 20, 2012 6:46:29 PM

  2. "it should be left up to the States" is Gay Republican speak for "i don't have the balls to actually challenge my chosen allies on this issue"

    truly. GOProud says the same thing all the time. Which would make an optimistic person think that they're doing lots of marriage Equality work on a State level - which they're not. At all. It would take time away from their hard work telling Republicans that they're "not like those gay liberals" who are actually lobbying (and winning...) Marriage Equality at a State level.


    maybe Bebeu can date this happy gay republican:

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2012 6:46:37 PM

  3. Babeu is much more suited for GOProud than Log Cabin Republicans. LCR are too liberal for him.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 20, 2012 6:54:52 PM

  4. Left up to the states = second class citizens because until DOMA is gone we do not have equal rights.

    Posted by: ormedic | Feb 20, 2012 6:56:05 PM

  5. Another thing. He keeps talking about how he's "with Ron Paul" on this question and that but he was a campaign manager for Mitt Romney. Hmmm, I wonder why?

    He's the worst kind of gay stereotype.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 20, 2012 6:56:44 PM

  6. If he thinks leaving marriage equality up to the states is a good idea, he better hope his next Jose isn't marriage material since the odds of there being gay equality in a state, AZ, ruled by anti-gay zealots like Gov. Brewer are about the same as a gay man finding happiness while leading a double life. Maybe now that his secrets are out in the open he can reevaluate his life and his politics and live an honest life. Because the voting base he was seeking isn't likely to embrace him now that some truth has come to light. They prefer their gay, Jose-loving men on the way way DL.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 20, 2012 7:01:58 PM

  7. I can't believe people are falling for Babeu's schtick. He in no way talked about "gay rights". He masterfully spun each answer into vagues teabag mantras and demands for religious freedom. Notice how he kept emphasizing how sexual orientation (for gays only) is something very private and not to be pushed or "worn on your sleeve". He in fact holds all the standard GOP views: opposes ENDA or any employment protections for glbt, opposes hate crimes legislation, and believes civil rights like marriage equality must be put up to a vote.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 20, 2012 7:02:41 PM

  8. Jose says he was threatened with deportation even though he's here legally. Huh?

    If he's here legally, I don't understand how he could be threatened? If he's here illegally, it sounds like he's the one trying to pull something.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 20, 2012 7:05:02 PM

  9. Just a prick...who else would do the job he's done & associate with the people he does? If I'm gay, which I am...he's surely something else...but not gay. Trash perhaps.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 20, 2012 7:08:33 PM

  10. exactly, Neil.

    he's still downplaying and compartmentalizing his being gay. it's so pathetic, and it's galling how obvious it is amongst Gay Republicans.

    "worn on your sleeve"? Hah. That's right, because cowards like him are only tolerated by their chosen communities as long as they apologize for and show shame for being gay. muting. hiding. censoring. editing. compartmentalizing.

    that's why his ilk is so angry at Out and Visible LGBT people. jealousy that he hasn't the strength to live with the same freedom and courage.

    i don't know why gay republicans seem to pride themselves on their failed (let's be honest, eh?) attempts to "pass for white" - it's not like it's done them any favours.

    your standard neutered conservative homosexual male.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2012 7:09:49 PM

  11. If gayness not to be "worn on your sleeve" what's he doing with the cornball ultra-gay "flame" tattoo on his arm?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 20, 2012 7:14:37 PM

  12. The only gay men who think that marriage is a state's rights issue are those that make enough money to not worry about annoying little things like wills, hospital visitation rights, joint mortgages, etc.

    Posted by: homer | Feb 20, 2012 7:20:14 PM

  13. AMEN, D.E.

    i have a harvey milk tribute tattoo on my arm and it's less-gay than that "i really love 1994 falcon porn" embarrassment he's chosen.

    they'd be a perfect match.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2012 7:20:29 PM

  14. Some of you people will just never get it, will you? The guy is not ashamed of his sexuality, any more than people who are Log Cabin Republicans are (if they were, they would not be out of the closet, would they be? Duh.)

    As hard as it may be for you to believe, some gay people do not regard their sexuality as the most important thing in their fact, for many, it is way down the list as far as the things that matter to them.

    And some of these people realize that all the laws you politicos spend so much time obsessing over will have very little, if any, impact on the lives of the vast majority of gay people.

    Laws against discrimination in the workplace and housing are largely unenforceable. The right to marry is irrelevant to 95% of the gay population. Hate crimes legislation means little when you are capable of protecting yourself and are not an obvious sissy, to begin with.

    And there are some people--and some of them are gay--who do not believe the government should be dictating to anybody who they should be able to hire or fire, to whom they should be able to rent an apartment or sell a house, or should be able to decree that a crime committed against someone should be considered more serious if it was motivated by dislike of a minority group than if it was not.

    I personally don't agree with a lot of this, but someone who is gay can have those points of view and still be entirely comfortable with their sexuality and who they are as people. Moreover, they can care far more about the economy, foreign affairs, environmental issues, animal rights, property tax rates, and ten thousand other things more than they care about whether ENDA gets passed or not.

    Despite your zeal to insist otherwise.

    And they will choose their political affiliations accordingly, whether you like it or not.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 20, 2012 7:23:27 PM

  15. Poor confused guy. No, not the sheriff, but Wolff. Babeu is a hypocrite who wanks on that the marriage equality debate is about making religious institutions get on board whether they like it or not, rather than about contract law, and Wolffy sits there like a bump on a log, saying nothing.

    Posted by: Crystal | Feb 20, 2012 7:23:30 PM

  16. David wins the "awesome comment of the day" remark! LOL

    Posted by: atomic | Feb 20, 2012 7:24:29 PM

  17. Poor self hating, deluded man. He thinks that by compartmentalizing his gay self off to the side and yapping about libertarian, small government ideas, he can be accepted by Republicans.

    pssst...Babeau... here's a little secret. They hate you. They think you are a deviant sinner who is trying to convert their children. No amount of rational talk will sway them. Republicans [almost by definition now] are bigots. Bigots will never accept you.

    Posted by: RF | Feb 20, 2012 7:25:02 PM

  18. @RF No significant gay rights legislation has ever passed in Congress or any state legislature without Republican support. None. Not one. And none ever will. And without some gay presence in the Republican Party, those would never have passed either--not DADT repeal, not marriage legislation in New York, nothing.

    You people want to characterize ALL Republicans as bigots and all gay people who are Republicans as the same time that you embrace racial minorities who are overwhelmingly Democrats and who are even more homophobic than Republicans are (as the overwhelming opposition of black Democrats to same-sex marriage in every state where it has been on the ballot has demonstrated beyond any doubt).

    Again proving that so many of you are nothing but tools of the Far Left, with no more congruity or consistency or rationality than the tools of the Far Right, whose intolerance and hatefulness you share in equal measure.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 20, 2012 7:37:02 PM

  19. Rick, just because there are a tiny minority of Republicans who vote with the rest of progressive Democrats for gay rights, doesn't mean such legislation passes BECAUSE of Republicans; it means it passes IN SPITE OF the GOP bloc. You are such a troll and a hopeless, self-loathing apologist that it's quite obvious to anyone but yourself.

    Posted by: atomic | Feb 20, 2012 7:40:28 PM

  20. "Some of you people will just never get it, will you? The guy is not ashamed of his sexuality, any more than people who are Log Cabin Republicans are (if they were, they would not be out of the closet, would they be? Duh)"

    YOU just don't get it, Rick. And you have no intention of doing so. Your problem like that of Sheriff Tattoo is that the closet has collapsed. Lawrence vs. Texas wiped "Sidomy" laws off the books and thus removed the onus of being an inherently criminal class from the likes of you me and the Sheriff. But that's your problem you see. It would be so much better for you if you could aspire to live like Roy Cohn. But Roy's dead. (His chauffur Ken Burdick -- once a friend of mine -- is still alive however. At least when I last looked.)

    The Log Cabinettes at least declare they're TRYING to get a party that hatest them to love them. It won't work, but they make more sense than GOProud, which has turned its fury on the out and proud. WE'RE supposed to be the problem. They think that if they come out loud and strong for guns, against immigrants and the res of the Republican playbook their Daddies will love them. Not only does Daddy still not love them -- CPAC scorns them. They have no place to go. And Sheriff Tatttoo has no place to go either.

    How do you explain a man who bashes immigrants with his hand even as he mounts them with his penis?

    I'm sure you have the answer "Rick."

    Don't disappoint us.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 20, 2012 7:43:37 PM

  21. Merci "Atomic"!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 20, 2012 7:44:25 PM

  22. the URL, Rick, where you show us all this empowered masculine gay role model example that you're talking about?

    show us. URL, please. your page/video where you show us how it's done.

    come on, you can do it. prove it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2012 7:46:36 PM

  23. Since he's so unrealistically "gayish" maybe LOGO will have him join one of their reality-challenged reality shows. He doesn't have a future in politics, so what's the downside? For him, I mean; the downside for us is obvious.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 20, 2012 7:52:06 PM

  24. don't ask Rick to explain himself, ask him to show himself.

    he won't be able to. one more coward who screams furiously at Out LGBT people from within the confines of the closet he's destined to spend the rest of his life in.

    we've all heard his talking points over and over again - they're intellectually dishonest nuggets of nonsense; the kinds of lies that delusional men tell themselves in order to get through the daily torture of being themselves.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2012 7:55:10 PM

  25. Barf! This guy was all too happy to structure his career around the advantage of being perceived as a white male heterosexual and all of the privileges that implies. He said nothing for gay rights in all that time. He was happy to court and receive the support of bigots.

    So, screw him.

    Posted by: Marshall | Feb 20, 2012 7:55:51 PM

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