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Sheriff Babeu: "I Am Gay."

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu denied allegations that he threatened to deport an ex-lover, but did admit that he is gay. Photos by Marina Sharpe.

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    Sheriff Paul Babeu faces the media at a press conference on Saturday, February 18, 2012. He addressed allegations that he threatened a former lover with deportation if he revealed that Babeu is gay. Babeu denied the threat took place but did disclose that he is gay.
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    Sheriff Babeu checks his notes at the start of the press conference in front of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in Florence, AZ.
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    Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martin, a fellow Republican, voices his support for Sheriff Babeu. Martin, like Babeu, is a veteran of the Iraq War.
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    As supporters look on, Sheriff Babeu denies claims by an ex-lover that he threatened to deport the man.
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    Sheriff Babeu receives a hug from Cheryl Chase, Director of Community Relations for the Pinal County Sheriffs Office. Chase is a former state legislator.
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    Sheriff Paul Babeu acknowledges the crowd of supporters that showed up for his press conference.
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    Babeu addresses a question from the media.
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    Sheriff Paul Babeu.
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    The director of detention for the Pinal County Sheriffs Office addresses the media. He voiced support for Sheriff Babeu.
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    Sheriff Paul Babeu addresses the media in a press conference on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
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    Sheriff Paul Babeu
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    Sheriff Paul Babeu, National Sheriff of the Year, said he still intends to seek a seat in Congress.
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    Babeu addresses the media.
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    Cheryl Chase, a former Arizona legislator and director of community relations for the Pinal County Sheriffs Office, voices her support for Sheriff Babeu.
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    Babeu, who unseated a Democrat to become Sheriff of Pinal County, is running for Congress in Arizona's newly formed District 4.
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    Sheriff Babeu looks on as Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martin addresses the media in support of Babeu. Both men served in the US Army in Iraq.
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    Babeu taking questions from the media.
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    Chris Emmons, a fellow veteran and police officer, addresses the media in support of Sheriff Paul Babeu.,
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    Babeu listens to questions from the media.
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    Steve Henry, Babeu's chief deputy and a former fellow police officer in Chandler, makes a statement to the media in support of Babeu.
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    Babeu makes a point to the press.
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    Babeu's supporters look on as he addresses allegations about threatening a former boyfriend with deportation. Babeu strongly denied the allegations.
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    Babeu, supporters and media gather in front of the Pinal County Sheriffs Office for a press conference on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
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    Babeu, who is running for Congress, announced he has withdrawn as co-chair for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in Arizona.
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    Babeu listens to a question from the media at the press conference.
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    Another supporter of Babeu.
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    As former state legislator Cheryl Chase looks on, Babeu addresses the media.
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    Scott Blevins, a Pinal County businessman, voices his support for Sheriff Babeu
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    Babeu answers questions.
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    Bryan Martin, an Iraq War veteran and Republican like Babeu, speaks to the media in support of the Sheriff of Pinal County.
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    Babeu said he intends to continue his campaign to represent Arizona's newly-formed Congressional District 4.
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    A shot of the the crowd gathered in front of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for a press conference on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
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    Babeu listens to questions.
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    Babeu answers questions from the media. He said, "I have never had a fake girlfriend," while admitting he was gay.
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    Chris Emmons addreses the media in support of Babeu.
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    Babeu
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    Babeu
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    Babeu with supporters looking on.
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    A wide view of the supporters who showed up at the press conference for Babeu.
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    Babeu.
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    Babeu.
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    Babeu.
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    A deputy from the Pinal County Sheriffs Office voices his support for Sheriff Babeu.
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    Babeu answering questions.
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    Babeu.