In 2010, Mr. Ashburn was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Sources told the local press he was busted after leaving a gay nightclub in Sacramento. He subsequently came out during a radio interview.
“I am gay… those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long,” Mr. Ashburn said.
In that interview, Mr. Ashburn, stood by his votes for the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 and a vote against legislation to recognize gay marriages from out of state.
“My votes reflect the wishes of the people in my district. And I have always felt that my faith and allegiance was to the people there in the district, my constituents,” he said.
Mr. Ashburn is currently running to be supervisor of Kern County.