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Conservative California state senator with anti-gay voting record comes out after arrest for DUI

A California state senator with a strong anti-gay voting record came out today as gay on a radio talk show – after being arrested for DUI driving away from a gay bar, reports the Victory Fund:

royashburn California State Sen. Roy Ashburn, a conservative Republican with a solidly anti-gay voting record, came out as gay today on a Bakersfield radio station talk show.  Ashburn’s sexual orientation had been the talk of Sacramento since the legislator was arrested for drunk driving after leaving a gay bar in Sacramento last week.

“I am gay.  Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long.  It is something that is personal, and I don’t believe I felt with my heart that being gay would affect how I do my job,” Ashburn said.

Asked about his anti-gay voting record, Ashburn said, “I felt my duty, and I still feel this way, is to represent my constituents.”

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“I felt my duty, and I still feel this way, is to represent my constituents.”

If being gay means he "chose" an immoral lifestyle, which is what his anti-gay constituents believe, then he's choosing a lifestyle that doesn't represent his constituents.

If he's gay and born that way, which is what everyone except the right wing religious extremists believe, than he supported discrimination against his "own" and is a hypocrite.

Which is it? I'm gay and it's personal doesn't cut it.

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