It is tacky to only report the sensational, but sometimes something comes along and you just can’t help but want to pass it along.

Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn, who’s spent years working against and voting against the interests of the LGBT community, was arrested on a DUI charge Wednesday at 2 a.m. near Sacramento, Calif. In the car with him was an unidentified younger man. But get this: He and his younger companion were leaving a gay bar, or so it has been said. And, now, Ashburn comes clean and says, “I’m gay.”

I am going to extend my humble advice to anti-gay politicians and public figures: Please do not go to a gay bar, engage in homosexual sex or peep through the crack of a restroom stall.

SFGate reported the story.

Ashburn’s initial statement is typical of what you would expect in this situation.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate.”

And, according to HuffPo, Ashburn now admits he’s gay:

“I’m gay,” Ashburn told local radio host Inga Barks before returning to the Senate for the first time since his arrest. “Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long.”

I guess all this newfound openness will come as welcome news to “younger companions” who like privileged, conservative and anti-gay closet cases?

Nathan James is a former editorial intern for QNotes.