Roy Ashburn
Roy Ashburn

Republican California State Sen. Roy Ashburn, arrested last week on a drunken driving charge after leaving a gay bar, came out today in an interview with a Bakersfield radio station, according to The Fresno Bee.

“I am gay… those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. But I am gay,” Ashburn told conservative radio talk show host Inga Barks in an on-air interview.

Ashburn also defended his anti-gay voting record, saying he represents a conservative district.

“There’s never been a doubt in my mind on the position of the vast majority of people in my district on these … issues,” he said. “And so I voted as I felt I should on behalf of the people who elected me.”

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