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Sheriff Paul Babeu Discusses LGBT Issues, Said He's Talked to Log Cabin and GOProud

Pinal County, Arizona  Sheriff Paul Babeu gave an interview to the Washington Blade. In the interview with the Blade's Chris Johnson, Babeu talks about his intention to continue as a candidate despite the charges being leveled against him and also discussed various positions on LGBT issues.

Pl_babeuHe said he's been in contact with a few gay groups:

Since coming out, Babeu said he’s been in contact with numerous national LGBT leaders. Among them are heads of conservative groups: R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, and Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud.

Babeu said he’s reached out to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and has friends at the organization. On Saturday evening, Babeu said he was set to talk via phone with Chuck Wolfe, the Victory Fund’s CEO. Babeu said he hasn’t spoken to the Human Rights Campaign, but said he’s a member of the organization and is on its mailing list. The sheriff said he’s made contributions to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and has been a member “in the past.”

He said despite his support for LGBT issues, he voted early for Romney and will vote for Republican leadership if elected:

Despite his pledge to work as an LGBT advocate, as a Republican candidate, Babeu noted he would vote for Republican leadership if elected to the House. Under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), pro-LGBT initiatives have seen no progress.

Still, Babeu said he thinks pro-LGBT initiatives will be able to see movement in the 113th Congress even with Republicans in the majority if he’s elected because he’ll work to influence lawmakers.

One piece of legislation he had no comment on was UAFA, which deals with "enabling gay Americans to sponsor their foreign born same-sex partners for residency in the United States."

“To be honest with you, I haven’t read the legislation,” Babeu said. “I’d be happy to read it and give you an answer after that. You know where I stand on all these other issues, which are consistent with being an advocate for equality.”

Read the full interview here.

Last night, an Arizona news station reported that Babeu had once been in charge of a Massachusetts boarding school charged with abuse of its students and had once lived with a male student there against the advice of his sister.

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  1. Delusional f'ing idiot. I wish that he would go away now. Which I just suspect that he will.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 27, 2012 2:24:23 PM

  2. "Babeu asks gay Republicans for tips on how to waste another 43 years of his life"


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 2:29:12 PM

  3. So this delusional, hypocritical, self-serving, (white, affluent, politically powerful), self-loathing creep is in talks with groups who serve his own interests to a T?

    Color me unsurprised.

    Posted by: MateoM | Feb 27, 2012 2:30:38 PM

  4. He's not going away, Paul R. Neither are millions of others like him.

    The efforts on the part of people like you to ghettoize Gay America in a small corner of the den of the Far Left will never succeed.

    And I will let you in on a little secret: The vast majority of Americans are far more likely to listen to him or a gay military veteran or a well-groomed executive who belongs to the Log Cabin Republicans and be favorably influenced by them than they are rainbow-flag-waving, pink-triangle-wearing, screaming effeminate queens parading down Market Street in San Francisco wearing nothing but pink boas and leather jockstraps.....OR Far Left automatons like yourself who are as narrow-minded and intolerant as the worst automatons of the Religious Right at the other extreme of the spectrum.

    People like you are the main reason this movement has failed so badly up to now. The gay rights movement is roughly the same age as the civil rights movement and the women's movement, but look at where we are compared to those other two.

    As of last year, one could still be kicked out of the military for no other reason than being strongly suspected of being gay. It is still legal under Federal law to discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation. Nearly 60% of the states have Constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and in every state where it has been on the ballot, we have lost, usually by massive margins.

    And there are still almost no "out" prominent gay people in any field other than the stereotypical ones like fashion design.

    And you know why that is? Because the face of Gay America to most people consists of political extremists like yourself, in-your-face glitter-bombers, flamboyantly effeminate TV characters, and, as I mentioned, the clowns parading around at San Francisco Pride.

    A face that America does not like, with good reason.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 2:43:43 PM

  5. Artificial reality seeks power platform

    Posted by: JONES | Feb 27, 2012 2:47:18 PM

  6. Wanna expound on your last statment Rick? What exactly is the "good reason?"

    And how exactly do GoProud, LCR and Babeu influence people? They don't stand for gay rights, all they stand for is themselves. Babeu was only just recently outed and all he's managed to do is avoid anything dealing with gay issues. And outside of voting for people that wanna throw us back into the closet, what exactly have GP and LCR accomplished? Nothing.

    Almost every advancement in gay rights has come from the flag waving queers on the left. All you manage to do is bask in the rewards while throwing bitter tantrums in your closet that you can't be out like the rest of us. Give it a rest already.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Feb 27, 2012 2:52:54 PM

  7. If anything thinks that I read Rick, they are wrong. I have no idea what is in his likely insane post above.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 27, 2012 2:55:57 PM

  8. Hate yourself and most of the rest of gay much, Rick?

    To think all the rest of us are nothing but prancing, glitter-bombing "activist" just shows what a sad little conservative-gay ghetto you live in.

    Get out and meet the rest of gay humanity. You'll find that the overwhelming majority of us don't have glitter in our pockets.

    You'll also learn we live honorable lives...and that includes not kissing the asses of religious neaderthals and conservative hicks, hoping for their "approval."

    Get back to us when you gain an ounce of self-acceptance and drop the self-loathing. Your type is really tiring.

    Posted by: B-rod | Feb 27, 2012 2:57:06 PM

  9. RICK, the URl where you show the rest of us the strong masculine empowered gay male example you claim needs to be seen?

    prove it, buddy. URL. it's so easy even my gay@ss can do it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 2:57:36 PM

  10. The Man has Scandal written all over his resume and sooner or later it's going to burst out into the open, i wouldn't want him near any organization that i am a part of. As the incomparable Groucho Marx once said " I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member"! Although by all accounts he should join GOProud, then there would be 3 members!

    Posted by: aj | Feb 27, 2012 2:58:33 PM

  11. Wow Rick, just wow. Is that an entry in the Peter LaBarbera Divorced From Reality contest?

    Posted by: jones | Feb 27, 2012 2:59:10 PM

  12. don't ask RICK to "explain" - ask rick to PROVE, via URL where he exposes himself as an Out man.

    he'll ignore you. because he's one more protypical racist self-loathing closet coward.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 3:00:11 PM

  13. You didn't miss much. More of the same misogynistic, homophobic ranting sprinkled in with numerous falsehoods.

    And still no link to proof of his masculine superiority.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 27, 2012 3:00:39 PM

  14. it's textbook, ladies and gents: you get angry closet cases who are furious about "how gays are seen" - yet they're not man enough to live just as openly, visibly and proudly.

    you can't blame Out Gay Men for having the courage, integrity and selflessness that you yourself do not yet possess.

    you can't tell Out gays that they're "doing it wrong" - you can only Come Out, yourself, and live by example.

    this, however, is too much for insecure right-wing homosexuals to handle. it's much easier to scream bitterly from inside the closet than to be a real man and live Out by example.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 3:10:11 PM

  15. @BEAHBEAH Anyone with any common sense knows that people like those who they believe are similar to them and with whom they share the same values.

    Sherriff Babeu is as mainstream as it gets. He holds a respectable position in society, has a masculine demeanor, and is best known for his opposition to illegal immigration, a position that is shared by the vast majority of Americans.

    When people see someone like that who they know is gay, it causes them to question their (negative) assumptions about gay men....and given enough such exposures over time, it will change their attitudes--not all at one, but gradually.

    On the other hand, when all they are exposed to is loud-mouthed radicals who reside at the far end of the political spectrum and effeminate queens who live vicariously through women and idolize Lady Gaga, they see nothing they can relate to and recoil in horror, all their negative impressions of gay people having been confirmed.

    As I say, it is really just common sense, which seems to be seriously lacking in many of you.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 3:19:31 PM

  16. The gay community is much smaller then many like to think and someone in that community is going to come forth and wipe the shine off Babeu's bald pate. Just a matter of time.

    Posted by: OS2guy | Feb 27, 2012 3:23:53 PM

  17. RICK -- I would be most grateful to see your website, where you demonstrate how an out gay man should live. Please hurry with the link!

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 27, 2012 3:27:44 PM

  18. "As of last year, one could still be kicked out of the military for no other reason than being strongly suspected of being gay."

    Rick ....

    Read the interview.
    Babeu will vote for the reinstatement of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The closeted existence is his preferred reality and he would see that inflicted on others in the LGBT community.

    He claims to support gay equality issues yet campaigns for those on the Republican ticket that clearly & emphatically state their opposition to it.

    His outing may prove to be one of the most beneficial things to have happened to him.
    My hope is that it will force him to deal with the issues in his life that have shaped him thus far.

    Posted by: JONES | Feb 27, 2012 3:31:20 PM

  19. "The vast majority of Americans are far more likely to listen to him"

    Great! They're listening to a scandal magnet that's got issues at best or is a total sleazeball at worst. But hey, he's butch and has a badge, so WIN!

    "or a gay military veteran"

    Who until quite recently had to lie through their teeth to serve. My Dad is ex-Air Force and he has nothing but contempt for people that lied to stay in the service.

    "or a well-groomed executive who belongs to the Log Cabin Republicans"

    Oh gawd, how delusional are you?

    My parents live in Pinal County, they had no idea this guy was homosexual. So, once again, I have to patiently explain to them that no, we're not all sleazebags who prey on teenagers, no, we're not all sex-crazed loons who think with their penises, etc.

    What fun!

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 27, 2012 3:32:31 PM

  20. Bravo! Henry Holland

    Posted by: JONES | Feb 27, 2012 3:36:21 PM

  21. Yeah BEAHBEAH - When people are exposed to a different kind of gay person (not the out and proud types, living honorable lives), someone who is unethical and narcissistic, who holds a respectable position but abuses power, yet looks just like the stereotypical macho clone next door, they won't think twice about his deceptions, inappropriate behavior, or hypocrisy. They'll just see the mustache guy from The Village People and think that gay people are just swell. The kind of man you want watching over your kids.

    No really. They will!

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 27, 2012 3:36:30 PM

  22. So Paul Babeu spoke at CPAC…
    It’s so ironic. GOProud was banned from CPAC because of boycotts by “social conservatives” organizers. The Heritage Foundation withdraw over participation of 'gay' GOProud. The Heritage Foundation describes itself as “a research and the legal arm of Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR is considered a hate group behind anti- immigration laws with ties to white supremacist groups. FAIR has said in the past they want to stop all immigration (especially from Latin American countries)
    So these “Immigration” groups support Babeu for his strong position against illegal immigration, for helping them pass immigration laws in AZ, but they would ban him from speaking at their events as a GAY man… BABEU IS THE POSTER BOY FOR FAIR & SPEAKS AT THEIR ANTI-IMMIGRATION EVENTS....

    Posted by: PEDRO | Feb 27, 2012 3:44:53 PM

  23. "Babeu will vote for the reinstatement of Don't Ask Don't Tell."

    Yeh, so, I'm not going to defend this Republican clown, but that's not true at all.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 27, 2012 3:49:13 PM

  24. Why are we still talking about this. Nothing has moved this subject any further away from a "He said - He said" discussion.

    And guess what little kiwi, not all gays are Democrats. It's called being a more than one issue person. And just because someone doesn't see eye-to-eye with you doesn't mean they live in a closet.

    And sorry to say, but there are a lot of gays who purposely perpetuate gay stereotypes.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 27, 2012 3:51:02 PM

  25. @Jones Babeu is a former military man who was threatened by several people who wanted to out him & I think he said one did, so he supports the repeal of DADT. I believe he said this at his press conference.

    As for the other stuff, I don't think too many conservative Republicans are going to vote for a candidate involved in a school that had complaints about abuse, group showers, strip searches & sheet wearing. Also his relationship with a 17 year old student would probably confirm all their homophobic fears of gay people trying to convert their youngsters.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 27, 2012 3:53:43 PM

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