Remember California state senator Roy Ashburn? You know, the legislator with a solid anti-gay voting record, who has consistently voted against every piece of LGBT-equality legislation he’s read? The guy who was arrested last week for DUI after leaving a gay nightclub?
Turns out — brace yourself — the senator is gay.
I’m sure you’re just as shocked as I am. (pause) OF COURSE THE GUY IS A CLOSET CASE WITH A COMPLEX!
Or at least, a gay man with a complex… Yep, the senator announced today on KERN radio that he’s gay. In fact, here’s what he said on the air:
“I’m gay. … Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. … My votes reflect the wishes of the people in my district. I have always felt that my faith and allegiance was to the people, there, in the district, my constituents. And so as each of these individual measures came before the Legislature I cast ‘no’ votes, usually ‘no’ votes, because the measures were … almost always acknowledging rights or assigning identification to homosexual persons.”
That strikes me as such an absurd cop-out, but I’ll let it pass. I suppose it’s possible that the senator truly believed that his constituents elected him because they want a conservative, anti-gay legislator in office, and he felt the right thing to do would be to hide his gay self and do harm to his gay community, in the interests of serving some twisted notion of the greater good.
And I suppose the guards in Nazi concentration camps felt they were doing something awful in the name of the greater good. Yes, the comparison is one hell of an exaggeration – being denied same-sex marriage or protected from employment discrimination certainly doesn’t compare to the torture and murder of the Jews by Nazi Germany — but the point holds true regardless.
I hope that Sen. Ashburn can come to terms with the fact that he’s a gay man — and that he didn’t CHOOSE to be a gay man, he just chose to stop living a painful lie that’s undoubtedly hurt him, his ex-wife, and their four children. I hope he can be a good friend to his ex-wife, a good father to their children, and a happier human being going forward. I hope that he can forgive himself for being such an enemy of the LGBT community in California, and I hope that he’ll make up for it in whatever his future holds.
I may not like the douchebag, but I sure as Hell feel sorry for him.