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Conservative California state senator comes out
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 the state capital 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 . .”
“I don’t know how else to ask this, but are you going to live this lifestyle now in the district?” Barks asked . .
Nice interview, great journalism. Straights are good to ‘live this lifestlye now in the district’, but for gays it’s an issue worthy of public scrutiny. Beautiful.
And neither of them understands the attention and scorn? When you appease people who fundamentally hate, deride and mistrust you, you’re a loser. When you go to terrible lengths to hide who you are in order to appease these nasty people, it’s even worse. When you actively promote their hate through legislation that will make your life (and the lives of other gays) worse so that you can continue to hide who you are in order to appease these nasty people, it’s really bad.
This ‘I just want to represent my constituents’ dodge is bullshit — who would run for office just to represent people that would ruin your life? These Republicans are insane.