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

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.’’

—  David Taffet

Homophobic gay California senator gets jail

Sen. Roy Ashburn
Sen. Roy Ashburn

Sen. Roy Ashburn, the homophobic gay state senator from California, was sentenced today for his drunk driving arrest.

He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two days in jail and three years probation. He will pay court costs and fines of about $2,000 and attend a mandatory first offender DUI program. His driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days.

After his drunk driving arrest, Ashburn admitted to being gay. He has a consistent anti-LGBT voting record. He is not running for reelection.

—  David Taffet