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Readers weigh in on state Sen. Roy Ashburn

March 9, 2010 | 12:26 pm

Talk back L.A.State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) voted against a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriages in California. The bill was later vetoed by the governor. Ashburn also was among the minority in voting against legislation last year that designated May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day.

Roy Ashburn. Credit: California State Senate On Monday, Ashburn told a Bakersfield radio station that he's gay. His statement comes several days after he was arrested on drunk driving charges after allegedly leaving a gay bar in Sacramento.

Yesterday we asked readers: Is it really a big deal? Should it hurt his political career? Did he do the right thing in his radio interview?

Asburn was called a hypocrite in many of the 17 responses, and a few comments were supportive of the senator. Here are some of the responses:

Joseph said: The disgrace is driving while drunk, not in being gay. No one cares about the latter.

AWilliam said: If the senator hid his sexual orientation from the people in order to win the election, he should bear full political responsibility for his decisions--especially if he fought against rights for his homosexual peers while taking full advantage of the friendships and lifestyle that being homosexual brought.

Mindy said: It absolutely is a big deal - not because he's gay, but because he felt compelled to live closeted for so long while he voted with incredible hypocrisy.

Cassie Reader said: Did he do the right thing in coming out? I believe so, better to not keep skeletons in your closet, especially if was was arrested outside a gay bar, it is better not to have rumors going around, instead, man up and say that its true

Want to weigh in? Share your thoughts below. Or read our coverage of the senator and join the conversation there:

Conservative lawmaker comes out of the closet. Is it really a big deal?

PolitiCal: GOP state senator comes out of closet in aftermath of drunk driving arrest

Photo: Roy Ashburn. Credit: California state Senate