Anti-gay Republican Senator Roy Ashburn -- the man who was arrested last week on a DUI charge after visiting Sacramento gay bar Faces -- confirmed today that he is, in fact, a homosexual.

Sacramento Bee reports that the Senator, who has been on leave since his arrest, told KERN radio host Inga Barks in an interview this morning these simple words: "I'm gay." Ashburn went on to say, "Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long."

Explaining his vile voting record against gay, Ashburn explained that "his votes were a reflection of how the majority of voters in his conservative district would have wanted him to vote." Ashburn's checkered civil rights record includes voting against a Senate resolution declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional, thrice shooting down the creation of Harvey Milk Day, voting against recognizing out of state same-sex marriages, and opposing "an expansion of the state's insurance laws to include sexual orientation as a protected class."