In a revelation that provoked cries of hypocrisy, a divorced Republican lawmaker who voted against same-sex marriage in California acknowledged Monday that he is gay. State Sen. Roy Ashburn came out of the closet three days after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving as he left a gay nightclub. Ashburn defended his opposition to gay-rights legislation, however, saying it was his "duty" to vote in accordance with his constituents' beliefs. Was he being a hypocrite, or just doing his job? (Listen to Roy Ashburn's confession)
Ashburn's confession can't erase his record of hypocrisy: So, now we know why Roy Ashburn "voted against his own people" for so long, say the editors of Queerty. His constituents made him do it. Sorry, Roy, but "voting for discrimination (or against its removal) is never okay, no matter what you think voters believe."
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There's nothing hypocritical about the way Ashburn voted: Here's a news flash for the angry left, says Suzanne Venker in Right Pundits. It's possible to be gay and still oppose the liberal gay agenda. "Not all gay people want to be married, and not all gay people think gay marriage should be legal."
No matter how Ashburn votes, it's good he came out: It will be interesting to see whether Roy Ashburn votes differently now that his secret is out, says Kathy Erich Dowd in Tonic. "But in the meantime, we do applaud the senator for coming out of the closet, even if needed a push to do it."
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