State Senator Comes Out on Radio Show

Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn, who has time and time again voted against gay-rights measures, confirmed he is gay on a radio show Monday. Ashburn, who took a leave of absence from the California State Senate after being arrested last week for a DUI on his way home from a gay club, announced his homosexuality on the radio and said, “Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long.” Ashburn said his anti-gay rights votes were a reflection of his conservative district and how they wanted him to vote.