Sheriff Babeu: Government shouldn’t tell churches who can get married

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, February 20, 2012 19:42 EDT
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Republican Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday that the government should not be telling churches who can and can’t get married.

Babeu, an emerging Republican figure and strong border defense sheriff, resigned from his position as Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Saturday afternoon amid allegations of threatening to deport a former male lover.

“This is where I go Ron Paul on people,” Babeu told Blitzer. “I believe in less government at the federal level. They should get out of people’s lives. Unless its an enumerated power in the Constitution, it falls to the states. This is where it falls to the states.”

“I can tell you my personal belief and my political belief is I believe in freedom of religion, and there are faiths and religions that our government shouldn’t get involved in that absolutely do not condone gay marriage,” he continued. “The government should tell those faiths and those religions that they have to. At the same time, I don’t believe they should tell other faiths that they can’t. This is where our government needs to get the heck out of the way.

“If it is not harming somebody else, then what does it matter? You can’t legislate love.”

Babeu is also running for the U.S. House in Arizona’s new 4th Congressional District.

Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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