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Roy Ashburn Admits That He Is Gay

6a00d8341c730253ef0120a8f9dce4970b-piI guess this was bound to happen, but I didn't expect it to happen this soon. Republican California Senator Roy Ashburn, arrested last week for a DUI, made a surprise admission about his sexual orientation during a radio interview with Inga Banks's AM radio program. Said Ashburn:

"I am gay. And so, those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. But I am gay. It is something that is personal and I don't believe I felt with my heart that being gay wouldn't affect how I do my job."

When asked about his anti-gay voting record, Ashburn responded with this:

"My votes reflect the wishes of the people in my district."

Listen to the interview, split in two parts, after the jump.

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  1. GOOD GOD.



    Posted by: jtramon | Mar 8, 2010 5:33:22 PM

  2. This interview/interviewer is just plain dumb. As a Christian, she says, she doesn't believe in hyphenated Americans...uh...well...let's see, did she say that as an American? Or a Christian? She must not have said it as a Christian-American...

    And not all blacks would vote for Obama is a bit different that all blacks not voting for their own equality under the law. What equivocating hypocrites.

    Posted by: Jon Mitchell | Mar 8, 2010 5:50:27 PM

  3. I hope the people Roy represents wish he jumps off a fucking bridge tied to a 400lb rock. He'd gladly jump if it were his voters' repellant desire.


    Posted by: Marco | Mar 8, 2010 6:01:18 PM

  4. There's a new picture to go next to "self-hating fag" in the gay dictionary. What an asshole.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Mar 8, 2010 6:33:25 PM

  5. Well, now he gets to live under all those laws he helped pass.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 8, 2010 6:54:20 PM

  6. What a douche! So, he voted against gay rights because that what his constituents wanted. What about the tax increase you supported, did your constituents want that also... somehow in Kern County I doubt it. He's a self-loathing hypocrite - another shining example of what homophobia and the closet does for folks!

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 8, 2010 8:26:11 PM

  7. I have no sympathy for this bastard. The closet and self-hatred are horrible to deal with. But harming other gay people in the process is just unforgivable.

    Blaming it on his constituents is just a transparent dodge.

    Posted by: missanthrope | Mar 8, 2010 8:37:09 PM

  8. Gianpiero pretty much hits it on the head: Ashburn is the Clarence Thomas of the gay community. He can safely come out because of the historic work of many gays and their allies, but he uses the opportunity to slap them, and the rest of us, in the face. Well, such is the price of success. Welcome to the brave new world.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Mar 8, 2010 8:43:21 PM

  9. GOP... you can have him.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 8, 2010 9:47:15 PM

  10. Last Thursday, Craig Ferguson gave him a work over in his monologue..if you haven't seen this hilarious bit, check out this link:


    Posted by: CB | Mar 8, 2010 10:36:21 PM

  11. how can republicans be so soulless?

    Posted by: rick | Mar 8, 2010 10:42:49 PM

  12. In a very perverse way, this guy is a symbol of the success gays have had over the years. How many gays feel, like him, that they can keep their personal life "personal" -- and that they have no responsibility to work towards justice for those who are not in the same privileged position of being unaffected by discrimination? Of course Ashburn takes it to the extreme, actually CAMPAIGNING against measures whose only intent is to let gays and lesbians live their lives in equality and peace. But unfortunately I've seen his attitude reflected too often in the attitudes of 'out' men and women who don't lift a finger to help their brothers and sisters in danger and in need. That's my 2 cents.

    Posted by: John | Mar 9, 2010 12:38:50 AM

  13. Do these Republicans come out thinking that some guy would then want to date them?

    Posted by: _atlas | Mar 9, 2010 1:59:08 AM

  14. Ashburn's excuse for his voting record is obviously a disgusting cop-out. But it's also a statement of complete ignorance for his role as a legislator in the American political system -- especially California's.

    His statement implies that he adheres to the concept of "direct democracy", in which every vote -- EVERY VOTE -- is intended as a direct proxy of "the people".

    Legislators are usually adherents to the concept of "representative democracy", whereby the citizenry elects a person to exercise their own judgment over the state's affairs. (If you're keeping score at home, this is usually considered the Federalist preference, per James Madison.)

    In California's system, especially, it's important to have legislators who exercise a representative mindset. California already has an over-active "direct democracy" component in the referendum process (see Prop 8).

    All of which is moot, of course, because Ashburn is simply a weasel.

    Posted by: oneway | Mar 9, 2010 5:29:52 AM

  15. Well, I guess I can't really call him an asshole and a hypocrite, since he actually admits that he's gay. So he's just an asshole, then.

    "I was only following orders...."

    Posted by: Yeek | Mar 9, 2010 7:19:16 AM

  16. His "voted for the people of my district" excuse is bullshit. He was a self-loathing closeted gay man who was, aside from trying to protect his true identity, was punishing himself for being gay. He is exactly the kind of politician who is responsible for repressive laws that keep gays closeted and self hating.

    What goes around comes around and now, unfortunately, he has thrown the lives of his wife and children into the middle of this self made mess.

    And a note to Senator Ashburn - if all politicians voted solely as the people of districts desired we'd still have slavery. Politicians have to take a stand for ALL people , even if on the surface it appears to be an unpopular one. Maybe something good will come from this but hopefully some of those laws Ashburn avidly supported will come back to bite him in the butt. What a poor excuse for a human being.

    Posted by: ChrisM | Mar 9, 2010 8:00:48 AM

  17. Good, maybe now that the words left his mouth he can be less self loathing, grow a pair of balls and vote with his conscience!

    Posted by: Warren | Mar 9, 2010 9:47:04 AM

  18. Why are the words "admit" and "deny" being used anymore? Stop using words that make us sound criminal! It drives me nuts. Aren't we beyond this.

    Posted by: Jared | Mar 9, 2010 9:53:27 AM

  19. Roy Cohn would have been proud of him. (shows you how low this man is...)


    Posted by: Tony | Mar 9, 2010 2:15:38 PM

  20. Votes made due to 'wishes of oonstituents"?

    We think not. Obvious to anyone ...he pandered to his constituents intellectual and spiritual constipation so he could get that paycheck funded by the the tax payers and nothing more.

    This is a guy who liked the closet because he likes to see the partner and the act as "dirty" while collecting a paycheck while playing dirty on the Chamber floor.

    Posted by: Sooz | Mar 9, 2010 2:25:19 PM

  21. worm

    Posted by: DeeVee | Mar 9, 2010 3:28:41 PM

  22. Antoher right wing, closeted homo who consistantly voted down gay rights and put on this big church going, family man fiscade. What an ass hole!

    Posted by: justen | Apr 30, 2010 8:49:45 AM

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