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

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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. "No significant gay rights legislation has ever passed in Congress or any state legislature without Republican support. None. Not one."

    BS. Absolute and utter BS you pulled out of your own arse.

    Just one example: California's creation of Domestic Partnerships, giving the largest number of gay people EVER nearly equal marriage rights and the vote was ENTIRELY Dem against all GOP and one Dem.

    http://www.eqca.org/atf/cf/%7B34F258B3-8482-4943-91CB-08C4B0246A88%7D/082803_AB205PASSESSENATE.PDF

    And that's in a state where we supposedly have at least some moderate GOPers.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 20, 2012 10:06:40 PM


  2. Lets face it, if he loses his job, he can go work for Falcon. Dude looks like a pornstar.

    Posted by: Love_Mextoes | Feb 20, 2012 10:20:46 PM


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    Posted by: billionairefriendscom | Feb 20, 2012 10:24:24 PM


  4. Babeu's empty talking points are bad, but I was more disappointed at Wolf letting him slide on his nonsensical answer on marriage equality. His signature issue is immigration, which is regulated at the federal level. But he dated a foreign national and wants marriage rights left up to the states. That's just BEGGING for Wolf to followup on the conflict of multi-national couples and straight Americans being able to sponsor their spouses for citizenship while gay Americans can't. Horrible journalism to not press him on that.

    Posted by: Blake | Feb 20, 2012 10:29:48 PM


  5. As someone who worked for Reagan, I can tell you that there have always been gay people who are Republican and who work tirelessly for our own oppressors. It comes from deep seated place of shame that in my case was about trying to be a "good boy" that was so useful to the power structure that they couldn't hate me. Its not unlike Jews who assisted in Hitler's rise to power. Babeu wants to be thought of as one of the "good ones", but ultimately as GW Bush did in 2004, we will still be thrown under the bus when they need to rile his base. I feel sorry for this man, as his choice of party, his choice of boyfriend, his closeted life and his tattoo all speak to self loathing and a sense of inadequacy. Oh, and after a decade of therapy, I registered as a democrat in 2000. There is hope for us all

    Posted by: JET | Feb 20, 2012 10:33:16 PM


  6. Like most of his Republican cohorts, he feels the definition of marriage is solely a state issue. No doubt he is adamant that DOMA must be struck down as it defines marriage at the federal level. Of course, he will convince others that DOMA must go - if only to be consistent in their illogical arguments against civil marriage equality.

    I don't understand why journalists let these politicians keep calling religion into the debate when no one - no state, no gay/lesbian group, no individual - has ever proposed a law that would in any way affect a religious institution when it comes to civil marriage equality.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Feb 20, 2012 10:39:21 PM


  7. Oops - I forgot to mention that Babeu is a major d-bag. He has lived as a coward and is now paying the price. There is a very strong possibility that he will face charges for the threats. I'm sure he will play the 'priest-diddler victim' card on the inevitable 60 minutes interview. I hope AC is the reporter on the interview.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Feb 20, 2012 10:45:52 PM


  8. "We all know that you would drop to your knees in a nanno-second if Tim Tebow were standing naked in front of you in his jockstrap"

    Speak for yourself, KAPO. Teabow makes me barf!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 20, 2012 10:58:46 PM


  9. He's a hypocritical Republican, looks like Mr. Clean, and is from an awful state and has done awful things. Can we talk about something else?

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 20, 2012 11:24:53 PM


  10. While I loathe this guy, I do think it's true that for more gays than we'd like to admit, taxes and money rank far above marriage rights. A lot of successful gay men have no interest in marriage (and the rights it gives less successful spouses in the event of divorce--alimony! estate rights!) and would also like to pay as little as possible in taxes.

    So they vote republican to keep marriage for gays illegal and to keep their taxes low.

    I hate it, but it's true.

    Posted by: dms | Feb 20, 2012 11:57:31 PM


  11. Saying gay rights are "state's rights" is a far right talking point. It is anti gay, anti American, anti democracy and one of the most insidious ways of raping a minority in modern history. Anyone who uses it is an ENEMY of the gay community.

    Posted by: Mk_ultra_again | Feb 21, 2012 12:36:01 AM


  12. I'll bet those GoProud Girls are in a SNIT because no one ever talks about them and only about those Log Cabin Republicon queers.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 21, 2012 1:10:05 AM


  13. What a donkey's ass...

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Feb 21, 2012 3:19:57 AM


  14. That other press confrence he had was awful & funny.

    I would imagine it is difficult at the moment being himself. He has done the wrong thing in regards to boyfriend which leaves him not being able to tell the truth.

    I think it would be pretty lonely being a gay republician. Alot of people he identifies with all they would see him as is a c-sucker. Excuse my language.

    He's sexy but I don't like the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

    Posted by: michael singh | Feb 21, 2012 3:36:57 AM


  15. How can someone who's been in an international relationship be advocating for equality to be left up to the individual state to decide. What a pitiful COWARD he is, not being able to stand up to his "allies" for HIS OWN rights! Low, laughable individual, that Babeu! Unimpressive.

    Posted by: StandUpCowardBabeu! | Feb 21, 2012 3:50:45 AM


  16. @Rick

    "the sherriff purportedly banging the illegal butt"

    You are assuming the sheriff is a top. He looks like many greedy ol" bottoms that I've known.

    Rick, I've needed to say this for a long time. I don't know how old you are, but you're already a bitter, old queen.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 21, 2012 5:15:19 AM


  17. @DMS: I agree with you. But then, I too think that marriage is a poor choice in most in most cases. If I'd married my partner of 17 years (ended a bit ago), my finances and other issues would be complicated, which is a polite way of saying screwed up. Still, the need for equality remains.

    And I would never vote Republican. Ever.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 21, 2012 6:33:02 AM


  18. Really Rick, come up with valid arguments instead of just projecting your desires on the rest of us. Not everyone is like you, most of us wouldn't fall to our knees when presented with a stranger. Because, you know, most of us have standards.

    Posted by: Dev | Feb 21, 2012 7:07:32 AM


  19. Why should Babeu join anything? Is it compulsory to be part of a club in America? Last time I checked the Constitution, it didn't say you have to belong to a particular club simply because you have a particular viewpoint.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 21, 2012 7:14:19 AM


  20. This may be one of those tests of the adage, "There's no such thing as bad publicity." End of his political career ? Maybe. Maybe not.

    Posted by: norseman | Feb 21, 2012 7:30:22 AM


  21. Why is it that any political figure on the left who was once anti gay this and anti gay that, decides that now he's out...."I've caused enough damage to the GLBT...okay I think I'll come out". If half these queens that are in the closet would come out it would shake the very conservative bible thumping base back 20 years...GLBT COMMUNITY needs to grow a pair
    He's the sheriff of Pinal county right next door to Maricopa county Arpio's county....

    Posted by: x man | Feb 21, 2012 7:34:49 AM


  22. I think a lot of you are jealous that Paul Babeu is a Republican and not a Democrat. You want him on your side, don't you?

    As for gays supporting Republicans, why shouldn't they? Gay people might happen to think that the Republicans are better at managing the economy than the Democrats. Gay people don't all base their choices on who agrees with their bedroom activities, you know.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 21, 2012 7:49:36 AM


  23. Clearly he is delusional. I mean who refers to themself as boi @ 44.

    Posted by: Glen | Feb 21, 2012 8:19:31 AM


  24. Jason you can agree with the republicans on anything you want but not agreeing in equal right for your self or others is just not ok. It would have been cool if he just said I don't agree with DOMA and think it needs to go. Its great that states are moving in the right direction but its limited because of DOMA. Jason im not jealous because hes a republican, i want an advocate because he's a republican. Do you think DOMA needs to go Jason??

    As for what Rick said that 95% of gays don't want marriage I highly doubt it But any gay person (and their are some) who would deny the 5% that right and not stand up to force the government to acknowledge it is a POS and not worth the skin they carry.

    Rick you said you don't agree with all that, whats your take on DOMA and ENDA? It's cool you agree with repealing DADT.

    The other problem I had with your post is that nothing would have passed with out republicans, that's true and false. Most cases it true but in the case of DADT it required republicans because of republicans.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 21, 2012 8:31:37 AM


  25. Uhh Jason you do realize the economy has historically done better under dems than reps? Clinton managed the longest span of prosperity and a balanced budget (with surplus mind you) handed to Bush, who then proceeded to facilitate the collapsing of the economy. When the richest man in the country says "I don't pay enough taxes" you know you have a problem.

    Posted by: Glen | Feb 21, 2012 8:32:41 AM


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