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    February 24, 2010

    Surprise! CPAC gay-basher has a closet

    Posted by: Chris

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    "Bring it! Bring it! Bring it! I love it! I love it! I love it!"

    Anyone who watched Ryan Sorba's tirade against CPAC for accepting the gay Republican group GOProud as a sponsor knows the firebrand leader of Young Conservatives of California has, um, issues. Thanks to Talking Points Memo, we're getting our first glimpse into his closet:

    The man who cited natural law in an off-script anti-gay rant at CPAC has had two run-ins with the real law in the past decade, including a restraining order for domestic violence, according to court records in California.

    Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom, who is a longtime anti-gay activist, in 2001 had a restraining order brought against him by a woman in a San Bernardino County domestic violence case, according to case records.

    A three-year restraining order granted by the court barred Sorba from any contact with the woman, Mary Paulson, and his brother Michael Sorba. He was also ordered to move out of the "family dwelling" in Highland, a small city outside San Bernardino, according to records. Sorba was 19 at the time and did not appear in court for any of the proceedings.

    Sorba insisted the woman was not his girlfriend (surprise, surprise), but the mother of a male friend from his neighborhood with whom Sorba had heated relations (surprise, surprise). "I got in a fight with a kid in my neighborhood. And the mother did not want us getting in any more fights," Sorba told TPM. "And so the mother filed a restraining order. And then nothing else ever happened."

    Ryan sorba yafIn a second incident, Sorba was cited for a noise disturbance (surprise, surprise) that involved screaming at a gay guy (surprise, surprise) while handing out flyers at a California polling place in favor of Proposition 8:

    Asked how he knew the man was gay, Sorba said "because he looked gay, he sounded gay -- it was evident."

    "I'm proud of that ticket. I look at that ticket as if it's a trophy," he said.

    Any predictions where this story goes next?

    I'd love to get Ryan Sorba, Matt Sanchez, and Jeff Gannon into a room together and turn on the cameras.

    Note: Photo of Sorba with a Young Americans for Freedom member is unrelated to the reported incidents.

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    Comments

    1. Lucrece on Feb 24, 2010 4:52:53 PM:

      I disagree vehemently with the implications.

      Many straight men happen to be savagely homophobic. I see it as a cheap cop out spread by straight people that the biggest homophobes are homosexuals themselves, because then straights can absolve themselves of the majority of the blame for the damages against gay people inflicted by the straight community, and thus it becomes a house-cleaning problem that gay people have to face while straights get to ignore it.

      He's a vile little barbarian, and I worry that he will only get more dangerous to gay people as he sees his side losing. This kind of militancy never bodes well to the objects of one's prejudice.

    1. daftpunkydavid on Feb 24, 2010 5:40:16 PM:

      hi chris,

      while i share your anger towards this guy, i don't think that labeling him gay, or even suggesting he might be by "closet" innuendoes, should be part of your answer to that anger.
      there are better arguments, obviously, to formulate against this guy.
      being gay is not the worst thing we can accuse this guy of, not only by his standards, but, and perhaps more importantly, also and above all, by our own standards.
      i do like your blog though!

    1. Joe on Feb 24, 2010 9:46:18 PM:

      Here's my brief rebuttal to Ryan Sorba:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RhlZVdQfVg

      Joe

    1. Dino S. on Feb 25, 2010 11:43:08 PM:

      His eyebrows look waxed and/or plucked!!! Seriously. Whether Mr. Sorba is gay or not, it is clear that he is just an attention-craving numbskull. How else could this blowhard get his moments of fame?

    1. Chris on Feb 26, 2010 1:56:57 AM:

      @Dino: Alas, eyebrow-plucking has long ago crossed over. Witness the "Guidos" of MTV's "Jersey Shore" -- which, I am proud to say, I've never watched even one second of.

    1. Don Nelson on Sep 1, 2010 7:33:16 PM:

      Does anyone remember what Republicans did to the log cabin member speaking at the Republican national convention some years back? They all put their heads down, turned around or something like that.........

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    1. Deion Sanders Jersey on Dec 19, 2011 7:38:58 PM:

      His eyebrows look waxed and/or plucked!!! Seriously. Whether Mr. Sorba is gay or not, it is clear that he is just an attention-craving numbskull.

    1. Isaac Sopoaga Jersey on Dec 19, 2011 7:40:10 PM:

      this guy.
      being gay is not the worst thing we can accuse this guy of, not only by his standards, but, and perhaps more importantly, also and above all, by our own standards.
      i do like your blog though!

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