California Senator (and Fierce Opponent to Gay Rights) Reportedly Arrested for DUI After Leaving Gay Bar

State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Calif.) is known as a fierce opponent of gay rights. It was, therefore, more than a bit curious when he was arrested for drunk driving after reportedly leaving a gay bar with an unidentified man in the passenger seat.

While there may certainly be more to this story, gay advocates are having a field day. In his apology, Ashburn leaves much to speculation:

“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.”

The state-issued Chevy Tahoe was seen swerving and the father of four identified himself. His companion was not identified and was not detained. He was believed to be leaving Faces, a popular gay bar in Sacramento. Faces bills itself as the city’s “premier gay and lesbian nightclub” and holds such events as “Dragalicious” on Sunday night.

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52 thoughts on “California Senator (and Fierce Opponent to Gay Rights) Reportedly Arrested for DUI After Leaving Gay Bar”

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  2. Wow, who knew? I’m speechless.

    I wonder if Ashburn drinks appletinis?

    (skip ahead to 2.5 minutes)

  3. AY,
    My goodness….swingers mix & mingles….is all of Texas full of such terrible sinners?????

  4. “While in the Legislature, Ashburn has focused on creating jobs and boosting economic development, reforming California’s welfare system, reducing crime and increasing public safety, cutting taxes, and restoring the ability of local governments to oversee their own affairs.”

    Out of his office site. I guess getting arrested for drunk driving helps create job and the towing company that towed the state owned vehicle probably did not do it for free. This has to be the republican version of economic stimulus.

  5. I have had some rather strange cases. Some would make you cringe.

  6. I think and its only because I had a case that involved swingers. It is the male of a pair of people that is the “slut” for lack of a better term. The cuckquean is the female. It is normally the female that does it and the male that is the observer nonparticipant and is known as the cuckhold.

    It came about because of the “cover fees” to enter the establishment in a residential neighborhood. Sex was not sold but you paid a fee to mix and mingle. Absolutely no liquor was available unless you brought it yourself. Kind of like a blind pig but for the privilege of sex.

    It was not a swingers group as they knew what and who they were doing. It was by invitation only.

  7. SFGate:

    Is Ashburn gay?

    After hearing various rumors, The Bakersfield Californian attempted to ask Ashburn that very question — once in 2004 and once last year — according to columnist Lois Henry. Ashburn’s answers were vague … Meanwhile, West Sacto’s openly gay mayor, Christopher Cabaldon, called him a hypocrite, claiming he has spotted Ashburn at gay clubs, including Badlands. Cabaldon blasted Ashburn in a message he posted to Facebook a few months ago: “It wouldn’t bother me so bad to see Roy Ashburn at Badlands with a boy if he didn’t have such a bad voting record on gay rights.”

  8. I believe that the good senator has a case of five o’clock Jungian shadow.

  9. Sorry, but considering the vitriol spewed by the homophobes in opposition to gay rights, I can’t give this guy the benefit of the doubt. I believe that this is quite typical behavior of someone hiding in the closet of denial. If someone is secure in their sexuality then gay people cause no threat. It is those hiding something, or reflecting their own self-disgust that are the most proactive and verbal against gay people being treated just like everyone else. Just my opinion for what it’s worth. Yes I have been to gay bars in my life, but then I’ve also had many gay friends and colleagues.

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