Friday, March 5, 2010

Another Member of The Wide Stance Alliance

Yet another anti-gay lawmaker finds himself in the delicate position of having to explain what he was doing leaving a gay bar with a snootful and another man.

Sources tell CBS13 a state senator from Southern California was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after leaving Faces, a gay nightclub in midtown Sacramento, early Wednesday morning.

The California Highway Patrol pulled over Senator Roy Ashburn at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday after an officer noticed a black Chevy Tahoe swerving at 13th and L Streets.

The Sacramento County district attorney says Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn’s blood-alcohol level was .14 percent when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near the Capitol.

Ashburn, a father of four, is a Republican Senator representing parts of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino Counties with a history of opposing gay rights

When the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, the driver identified himself as Senator Ashburn. He was arrested without incident and charged with two misdemeanors: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level higher than .08% or higher.

A male passenger, who was not identified as a lawmaker, was also in the car but was not detained.

Mr. Ashburn released a statement in which he said he was “deeply sorry.”

“I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did.”

In other words, he’s sorry about getting caught.

In a way I feel a little sorry for guys who can’t deal with the truth of their own sexuality, but I also have no sympathy whatsoever when they make life miserable for the LGBT community so they can reinforce their own self-hatred and exploit it for political gain. So whatever happens to him — public humiliation, problems with his wife and family and his chances for re-election — are things he brought on himself. Keeping your private life private is one thing, but trying to hide it from yourself and ruining other people in the process is another thing entirely. Just ask Larry Craig and Ted Haggard.