Equality California Issues Statement on Senator Roy Ashburn

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
916-284-9187 vaishalee@eqca.org

Equality California Issues Statement on Senator Roy Ashburn

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement regarding

Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) who told listeners this morning on KERN Radio AM 1180 that he is gay.

"We
can empathize with Senator Ashburn's long and difficult journey to
admit that he is gay. Equality California looks forward to working with
the Senator to use his experience to educate the people in his district
on why he deserves the same rights and privileges as a gay man as any
other Californian.

"Senator
Ashburn said he has voted against lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender-rights measures because of the preferences of voters in his
district, but to date, no legislator has lost his or her seat for
supporting Equality California-sponsored legislation. This includes
legislators in a number of conservative districts, including in
Bakersfield, Fresno and the Salinas Valley.

"Although
we question the Senator's claim that an overwhelming majority of voters
in his district support employment and housing discrimination against
LGBT individuals - bills he voted against, we are working hard to build
support across the state among voters in all districts."

Senator
Ashburn has consistently received a zero percent on Equality
California's Legislative Scorecards since 2004, with the exception of
2007, when he scored 10 percent.

Equality California's 2009 Legislative Scorecard

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Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

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