Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Ashburn...

Meet Roy Ashburn.

Roy is a conservative Republican state senator from southern California.

Roy is a divorced father of four.

Roy has a history of opposing gay rights.

On March 3, Roy was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

Allegedly driving drunk after leaving a gay bar.

Allegedly driving drunk after leaving a gay bar with another man.

I believe everyone is entitled to live their lives the way they want. No one should have the right to force them into disclosing facts about their sexuality. If a person wants to keep their personal life private, it should be their right.

However, when you publicly support the discrimination of a group of people because of their sexual orientation—an orientation you clearly share, whether all the time or occasionally—you are a self-loathing hypocrite. If you have trouble accepting your sexuality, I am sympathetic; when you use your position of power to deprive others of their equal rights, I am not.

Of course, all of this wouldn't be an issue if all people, regardless of sexual orientation, could be treated equally. But as long as there is discrimination, there will be hypocrites like Senator Ashburn, talking out of one side of their mouth while, well...

Perhaps Mark Foley, Ted Haggard or Larry Craig can give Senator Ashburn some advice?

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