Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce, Paul Babeu, Cathi Herrod's Discrimination Bill, and the Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name

Recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce's never been known as a friend to gay folks.

Well, save for one: Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Ironically, Babeu -- who embraced his sexuality in 2012 after New Times exposed claims of harassment made by his undocumented Mexican ex-boyfriend -- legally could be discriminated against by Sand Land business owners if Governor Jan Brewer signs the "religious freedom" bill recently sent to her desk by the Arizona Legislature.

Same goes for other gay Americans who have served in this nation's military.

But Senate Bill 1062 wasn't the topic of discussion last week when Babeu was a guest on Pearce's radio show, which airs every Saturday at 7 p.m. on local conservative station 960 AM "The Patriot."

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons