A California lawmaker who has repeatedly voted against gay rights measures since taking office eight years ago, was charged with driving under the influence on Wednesday, reportedly after leaving the gay nightclub, Faces, in midtown Sacramento.
The California Highway Patrol pulled over (State) Senator Roy Ashburn at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday after an officer noticed a black Chevy Tahoe swerving at 13th and L Streets, reports KOVR- TV.
Ashburn, a father of four, is a Republican (State) Senator with an extensive history of opposing gay rights. A male passenger, who was not identified as a lawmaker, was also in the car but was not detained.
Ashburn issued a statement on the arrest Wednesday afternoon:
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me – my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate.”
According to Project Vote Smart, Ashburn’s voting record shows he has voted against every gay rights measure in the State Senate since taking office including Recognizing Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages”, Harvey Milk Day and Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws.
Stay tuned for the next installment — you know, the one where the hypocrite goes to rehab and gets cured of his gay demons.