“We need to preserve traditional values for the future of our children. Children must be raised with morals and principles. As a society, we must provide them with a secured and loving environment that allows them to flourish.”
Those are the words of California state Senator Roy Ashburn, a father of four, quoted in a 2005 press release announcing a rally to support “traditional marriage.”Ashburn, of course, is the senator with the anti-gay record who was reportedly a regular at Sacramento gay clubs. He was picked up for a DUI early Wednesday morning, [reportedly](http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/sources_family_values_goper_was_at_gay_club_before.php) with an unidentified man in he car.
So we decided to look back: just how anti-gay is Ashburn’s record?
Said Equality California director Geoff Kors in an interview with TPMmuckraker: “He has voted against every LGBT rights bill that’s been introduced in California since he’s been in the office.”
At that 2005 anti-gay marriage rally, Ashburn said that “Our friends and neighbors in our community are restating the obvious — that the institute of marriage is fundamental to our society. Marriage between one man and one woman is fundamental to civilization.”
That’s according to an AP account (via Nexis) of the rally, which was disrupted by protesters. According to the article, Ashburn’s office claimed that “hundreds gathered at Patriots Park to support traditional marriage and family values.”
But a local newspaper reported “there were actually fewer than 20 supporters.”
Here’s a look at the votes of Ashburn, a Republican of Bakersfield:
* In 2006, he voted no on a measure to add material on the contributions of gay Americans who had contributed to the development of California or the United States
* In 2008 he voted against expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual discrimination.
* In 2009 he [voted](http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=24060&can_id=9694) against a resolution to oppose [Prop 8](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposition_8), the anti-gay marriage ballot question.
* Last September, he voted [against](http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=27542&can_id=9694) recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages.
* That same month Ashburn [opposed](http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=27541&can_id=9694) creating Harvey Milk Day, to honor the slain gay rights icon from San Francisco.