Arizona sheriff comes out

Sheriff forced to come out of the closet

Arizona sheriff comes out
19 February 2012

It hasn't been a good couple of days for Mitt Romney supporter Sheriff Paul Babeu. The Arizona lawman held a press conference yesterday where he came out, and denied charges he threatened to deport a former boyfriend.

'I'm here to say that all these allegations that were in one of these newspapers are absolutely, completely false, except for the issues that refer to me as being gay. Because that's the truth: I am gay,' the Republican said yesterday as reported by the Arizona Republic.

On Friday the Phoenix New Times had a story where an ex-lover, identified as Jose, accused the up and coming political star with asking him to sign an agreement not to publicly discuss their relationship. When the offer was refused Babeu, and his lawyer, allegedly threatened Jose with deportation.

The New Times article also included an  Adam4Adam ad, with photo, the sheriff posted. Babeu acknowledged the picture is of him.

The former lover's legal team said he was a Babeu campaign volunteer from approximately 2008 until late 2011.

'Jose continues to live in fear, and is currently in the process of moving again,' the law firm representing Jose said in a  statement. 'Therefore, he is not available to speak with the media at this time.'

Babeu, who is running for a House of Representatives seat, broke his association with the Romney campaign. The 43-year-old sheriff introduced the presidential hopeful at an Arizona rally in December. Former Vice-President Dan Qualye attended that same event.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Engelbert Humperdinck choice shows Eurovision

BBC selects 75-year-old to represent UK at annual campfest that is the Eurovision Song Contest
No thumbnail available

Roland Martin's suspension lifted by CNN

Commentator had been pulled from air for anti-gay tweets
No thumbnail available

Gay soccer pro Robbie Rogers singled out by Obama during LA Galaxy visit to White House

'You've inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world and we are very proud of you'
No thumbnail available

TV weatherman announces on Facebook that he's a new father - and he's gay

Adam Joseph is popular with viewers of ABC affilate in Philadelphia and has appeared on Good Morning America
No thumbnail available

'Don't be gay, vote Romney!' jokes spoof US election video

Charlie Hides' homophobic housewife Loretta Lee Jackson urges Americans not to vote for 'filthy queer' loving Barack Obama
Alabama Chief Justice vows to block US Supreme Court's 'illegitimate' marriage equality ruling

Alabama Chief Justice vows to block US Supreme Court's 'illegitimate' marriage equality ruling

He says legalization of same-sex marriage 'even worse' than decision to uphold racial segregation
No thumbnail available

Mexico grants social security benefits to gay couples

Amendments to social security law now include medical and social benefits to gay spouses
No thumbnail available

Cuteness overload: 7 gay guys to follow on Twitter in 2015

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta
No thumbnail available

Equalities Minister says gay marriage will ‘save the institution’

Despite voting against, or being absent for, every major LGBT rights bill, Maria Miller has backed marriage equality
No thumbnail available

Gay Nepalese MP starts petition against Facebook

Sunil Babu Pant gathers signatures for 'third gender' option on social networking site