In his first television interview since a DUI conviction that led to his coming out on the radio, Sen. Roy Ashburn told a Sacramento Fox affiliate he is "no longer going to vote against rights for people because they happen to be gay, [bisexual], or transgendered."
Ashburn, who was pulled over for drunk driving after leaving an event at a Sacramento gay night club, had previously voted against gay rights, including voting against a bill to expand antidiscrimination laws in 2008 and a bill for the proposed Harvey Milk Day.
The Republican senator came out five days after his arrest in an interview on a local radio station.
"I am gay," he said in a radio interview broadcast March 8 on KERN 1180 AM. "Those are the words that have been difficult for me for so long, but I am gay."
"The hypocrisy is true, I lived a double life," Asburn said in his TV interview Monday evening. "The Republican Party is the party that believes in limited government and individual freedom. The government shouldn't get involved in private lives."