Ashburn admits to being gay
March 8, 2010
Republican state Senator Roy Ashburn admitted on a Bakersfield talk radio show Monday morning that he is gay. [Huffington Post]
On the Inga Barks talk show, Ashburn said, “I’m gay. Those are the words that have been difficult for me for so long.”
Ashburn expects to return to his Senate office in Sacramento later today.
He was arrested last week for DUI in downtown Sacramento, after allegedly leaving a popular gay bar in his state car with an unidentified male companion.
Ashburn, a divorced father of four, is a well-known conservative firebrand who has voted repeatedly against gay rights legislation in California.
Because of term limits, Ashburn will not be able to run for re-election.