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California Senator Ashburn arrested for DUI

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Photo by L-Rey via Flickr

Photo by L-Rey via Flickr

GOP State Senator Roy Ashburn was arrested Wednesday night on the count of drunk driving after he tested for a blood alcohol level of .14%. Rumors that the legislator, known for pressing anti-gay laws, was driving from a gay nightclub has sparked discussion on the sexual orientation of the 18th District Californian Senator.

Sen. Ashburn was arrested and then jailed in the Sacramento County jail for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday night at around 2AM.  Although the rumors about his appearances at gay clubs have not been confirmed, Capitol staffers say that  the senator has been seen frequenting gay establishments around Sacramento on multiple occasions. His sexual orientation has been questioned by reporters since 2004, and now it is under more scrutiny than ever.

An active member of legislature since 1996, Sen. Ashburn has consistently voted against laws that would protect gays, lesbians, and transgender Californians, such as same-sex marriage and protection from discrimination. Sen. Ashburn represents the Kern, Tulare, and Inyo counties. The statement released from his office reads:

“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.”

Following these events, he is taking a break from his elected position until at least Monday.

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