While I was gone last week, another conservative Republican who votes against LGBT rights turned out to be gay. I'm sure you've heard already how California senator Roy Ashburn was caught drunk-driving home from a gay bar and then came out. And now the Religious Right is asking for his head. What else can they do? The guy voted their way but that's not enough; he has to be the right kind of person.
"Roy Ashburn should resign," Randy Thomasson, president of the Christian-based SaveCalifornia.com, said in a statement released Tuesday. "His lying, cheating ways have boiled over and the public's trust has been shattered."[...]
Thomasson called Ashburn "dramatically out of step with his constituents" because he has "openly identified with the 'LGBT' [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] lifestyle."
"Demonstrating himself to be self-serving," Thomasson added, "Ashburn has proven himself untrustworthy as a public servant."
Ashburn, who is a father of four, divorced his wife in 2003. Nevertheless, Thomasson listed infidelity as another reason for calling for his resignation: "He vowed to be faithful to his wife, then broke his vows when he chose homosexuality over his marriage."
And called Ashburn "mistaken" about being gay: "No one is truly 'gay' because the so-called 'gay gene' does not exist. What's more, there are thousands of Americans who formerly engaged in homosexual behavior who have gotten help and have left their unnatural lifestyle behind."
You'd think that "choice" would make Thomasson reconsider his warped view of reality. If someone with all the motivation in the world to be straight, like a Republican legislator with a stable career who had a wife and children, wasn't able to do it, maybe a sex drive is more powerful than mere intelligence or will or morality and we should learn to respect it.