UPDATE: Ashburn has come out as gay during his radio appearance, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
“I am gay,” Ashburn was quoted as saying. “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.”
Asked about his voting record, Ashburn said he felt his duty was to represent what he thought his constituents wanted.
A conservative state lawmaker who was charged with a DUI after allegedly leaving a gay bar plans to come out as gay on Monday in a radio interview, DC Agenda has learned.
State Sen. Roy Asburn plans to announce he’s gay on Kern News Talk, a conservative talk radio station which airs in California. Ashburn will make the announcement on a program that airs from noon to 3 pm.
On Wednesday, Ashburn reportedly was pulled over while driving by police and charged with two misdemeanors: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level at .08% or higher. CBS 13 reported that prior to his arrest, Ashburn had left a gay bar, Faces, with another man.
According to CBS 13, Ashburn is a father of four. As a Republican senator representing conservative districts in California, Ashburn has a history of opposing LGBT rights. He’s voted against many pro-LGBT rights measures including recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriage, Harvey Milk Day and expansion of non-discrimination laws.