Senator Roy Ashburn

A US politician who has a record of voting against LGBT rights has revealed that he is gay after being arrested for driving under the influence last Wednesday.

Following media reports that California State Senator Roy Ashburn had been seen at a gay bar before his arrest, the lawmaker came clean in a radio interview on Monday.

“I am gay. Those are the words that have been difficult for me for so long,” an emotional Ashburn told KERN AM 1180.

“My personal life is my personal life… I acknowledge what I did and I’ll pay the consequences for that,” he added. “But what happened last week – my private life became public and so now I acknowledge that I am gay. I think that’s what people want to know.”

He justified his anti-gay voting record by stating: “I took a position based on what I believed was the will of my constituents, not mine, necessarily.”

Ashburn voted again recognising Harvey Milk day; limiting the ability of insurers to discriminate against gays and lesbians; and allowing same-sex marriages legalised in other states from being recognised in California.

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