Outed California State Sen. Roy Ashburn says he's had a change of heart on gay rights

Posted on 27 May 2010 at 2:48pm
Roy-Ashburn
Roy Ashburn

Three months after homophobic California State Sen. Roy Ashburn got caught driving drunk after leaving a gay bar, he was back on the floor of the Senate casting votes on two gay-rights bills.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ashburn was the only Republican who voted in favor of a resolution supporting the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. But he also voted against a measure that could remove an obstacle to same-sex marriage:

Ashburn then took the unusual step of publicly explaining his votes on the Senate floor.

“I would not have been speaking on a measure dealing with sexual orientation ever prior to the events that have transpired in my life over the last three months,’’ Ashburn told his colleagues. “However, I am no longer willing or able to remain silent on issues that affect sexual orientation and the rights of individuals. And so I am doing something that is quite different and foreign to me, and it’s highly emotional.’’

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