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”

  1. empirecookie,

    I’m against gay marriage. I don’t have a problem with civil unions, but I prefer to let the term marriage continue to refer to the union of a man and a woman. If it’s the name they want, maybe African-Americans should push to be called Caucasians?

    What is taking place here, is the Senator is being accused of being gay because he allegedly went to a gay bar. If he went to a gay bar, the gay community should be happy that he took the time to do so. Maybe he will learn something, which may help them to achieve equality.

    Byron, It was a type-O, but it may have been freudian. 🙂

  2. The grass is still brown in this part of Texas. The trees are still leafless unless they are evergreens. There is supposed to be a bumper crop of bluebonnets due to all the rain.

  3. ““That would appear to be the stereotype imposed on Senator Asburn.”

    Senator Asburn? Was that a joke or a typo?”

    Possibly the mother of all Freudian slips- hilarious!

  4. Well…it seems that your spring is off to a much better start than mine….lol, everything here is still brown & dead 🙁

  5. I am good. The Daffy Dills are blooming. The lettuce is going, the Garlic and Onions are too. Its almost spring time and the grass is going green.

  6. Duh:

    “That would appear to be the stereotype imposed on Senator Asburn.”

    Senator Asburn? Was that a joke or a typo?

  7. Hi AY,
    Soooo very ready, although I must say it’s been sunny and hinting of spring here all week long, would prolly even be warm if the wind would stop blowing….nice change! How are you?

  8. I think he was looking to in flame or be in flamed at least for an evening. No one can love a man quite like a man. He is sexy, purring.

  9. Ahhh! Smell that son? That’s the smell of logic in the afternoon. Smells like . . . cookies.

  10. I am sure there are a lot of straight people who go to gay bars – even some politicians. But I would venture to say that the vast majority of them do not spend their (non-drinking/dancing) time hosting anti-gay marriage rallies.

  11. I’m pretty sure the best way to vote for or against gay rights legislation is to completely avoid anything having to do with gay culture. Do only gay people go into gay bars? That would appear to be the stereotype imposed on Senator Asburn.

    If the passenger happened to be a gay constituent who asked him to take some time to meet in a social setting, I’m pretty sure the reaction will help to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

    I have a problem with the Senator driving drunk. Beyond that, the speculation doesn’t help anybody.

  12. When I first glanced over this article, I thought it said he was, therefore, bi curious.

  13. I guess empirecookie, that gives him a new meaning to blowing the mind.

  14. Funny how many republicans do field research in gay bars… LOL

  15. I guess this guy was seeing what they were talking about and wanted to do some field study’s on the subject. Well, if this is not correct, then I guess he’ll just have to suck it up.

    Oh wait that is probably exactly what he was doing or going to do.

  16. I read this story at about 6 AM.

    I’m still laughing.

    It’s basic irony, but I find it amusing.

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