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CA State Sen. Roy Ashburn: 'I am Sorry' for Harming Gay People

California State Senator Roy Ashburn, who was outed after he was arrested for DUI following a visit to a gay nightclub in March, is continuing his about-face, apologizing for the shameful things he did while in office in a guest commentary over at the Victory Fund.

Ashburn  Writes Ashburn, in part:

I should begin with an apology. I am sincerely sorry for the votes I cast and the actions I took that harmed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Just as important to me, I am sorry for not stepping forward and speaking up as an elected official on behalf of equal treatment for all people. For nearly 26 years, the voters in my area of California trusted me as their elected representative. I look back now knowing there is so much more I could have done to inform the public about LGBT people and to fight for equal rights under the law. Regrettably and selfishly, I took another path in my life and political career—I chose to conceal who I truly am and to then actually vote against the best interests of people like me. All this was done because I was afraid–terrified, really–that somehow I would be revealed as gay.

My past actions harmed gay people. In fact, all people are harmed when there is unequal treatment of anyone under the constitution and laws of our country. I do not believe in discrimination, and yet my votes advanced unequal of treatment of gay people and promoted the suspicion and fear that limits people from being forthright and accepted in society.

Now, from what I have lived and learned, I want to do the best that I can to advance equality and freedom for all people. Given the shame and confusion that many feel over their sexual orientation, perhaps my situation can serve as an example of both the harm that can come from denial and fear, and the opportunity to try to make things right.

Read Ashburn's full commentary at Gay Politics...

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  1. You guys did read what he said right? What would you have him do? I would rather have him say things like, “My past actions harmed gay people. In fact, all people are harmed when there is unequal treatment of anyone under the constitution and laws of our country. I do not believe in discrimination, and yet my votes advanced unequal of treatment of gay people and promoted the suspicion and fear that limits people from being forthright and accepted in society. “ Rather than, “ I have sinned against God and my community and for that I am sorry, but I must say I am not, nor have I ever been a homosexual.” This is NOT typical GOP hand in the cookie jar clap trap. I mean honestly guys… Let’s try not to rip defeat from the hands of victory here.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 20, 2010 4:14:32 PM


  2. Now after reading these comments I can understand why some think we don't deserve equal treatment.....what a bunch of assholes. I am one of the group that believes we should out politicians that vote against our rights, but if this is the attitude we take when they are forced out it will only encourage them to go deeper in hiding so they can continue to do us harm. In my mind this is what we should be trying to accomplish by outing politicians! Look at the other we have tried to out that continue to deny and continue to vote against us. In the case of Ashburn, this is the outcome we want.

    Posted by: major707 | Jul 20, 2010 4:22:00 PM


  3. Thank you Major707 for taking the time to actually read, reflect and respond the way an adult would, it’s truly refreshing….. Tank, step away from the androgen, take a deep breath and re-read and ponder before typing.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 20, 2010 4:44:07 PM


  4. B.S. For over 26 years he was a gay hating Republican. He lost his anti-gay constituency, NOW he wants to make amends to the gay community because he was 'caught'. If he hadn't been caught, he would still be shafting gays. He's a typical politician, and sits on the side of the fence that feeds him. He would turn his back on his mother if it meant power.

    Posted by: CB | Jul 20, 2010 4:44:16 PM


  5. Thank you CB for taking the time to understand how politicians tick.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 20, 2010 5:30:40 PM


  6. All I have to say is, to little to late, FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: William G. S. | Jul 20, 2010 10:26:24 PM


  7. California State Senator Roy Ashburn reminds me that the difference between a genus and an embezzler... is a genus never gets caught...

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Jul 21, 2010 7:46:41 AM


  8. I'm always skeptical of apologies after one has been caught. I don't see forgiving people as my job, that's what they have their religion for but I am willing to look past their shortcomings and errors if the make an honest effort to correct them. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt once I've seen how he moves forward. The only good advice I ever got from a Republican was "trust but verify" - so, I'll trust that this is a sincere apology but I'll verify it by watching his future actions. If he fails to move forward with some constructive and positive actions toward those people he has harmed in the past then I'll simply write him off as another typical political hypocrite.

    Posted by: ChrisM | Jul 21, 2010 12:07:32 PM


  9. what TampaZeke said!!

    Posted by: J H Robbins | Aug 24, 2011 3:53:37 PM


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