Updated March 10th, 2010.
Since this particular incident, State Senator Roy Ashburn has announced his homosexuality.
Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn of California was arrested on drunk driving charges in downtown Sacramento. According to reports from local news station CBS 13, Ashburn was coming from a known GLBT club with a male passenger in his car - the passenger, who was not identified as a lawmaker, was not detained.
Critics cite Ashburn's sexual preference as relevant due to his voting record opposing every gay rights measure in the State Senate since he took office eight years ago, including a law recognizing out-of-state gay couples and expanding anti-discrimination laws. Ashburn's response:
"I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me – my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate."
It is not clear if Ashburn was referring to his drunk driving or his sexuality. I would also like to point out that it is not clear as to whether or not he was at a homosexual establishment or if he was accompanied by a sexual partner, but considering his record, I don't think he would openly admit so, taking the Larry Craig defense instead. Also considering his record as being a staunch social conservative, I would be more likely to believe that the senator is another Republican with a sexual identity crisis.
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