Roy Ashburn – the recently out California GOP lawmaker with a long anti-gay record – was heckled by gay activists who shouted “We know you're one of us, Roy!” at an anti-gay marriage rally in 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Ashburn's sexuality came under close scrutiny after the Republican lawmaker was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last Wednesday morning in Sacramento. A local television station reported that an unidentified man was in the car with Ashburn, who had that night been at Faces, a popular gay bar. Openly gay West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said Ashburn was a regular at gay nightspots throughout the city. After being freed on a $1,400 bond, Ashburn, 55, issued an apology, then went into seclusion.

On Monday, Ashburn came clean, telling conservative talk show host Inga Banks: “I am gay.”

“And so, those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long,” he added.

The state senator represents California's 18th district, which includes portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino Counties. Voters in the district overwhelmingly voted in favor of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that defined marriage as a heterosexual union in the state's constitution, effectively trumping a California Supreme Court ruling legalizing the institution.

Ashburn has defended his anti-gay record, saying, “I felt my duty, and I still feel this way, is to represent my constituents,” during Monday's interview.

Republican leaders welcomed Ashburn back to work on Monday, but social conservatives around the state have called for his immediate resignation.

“Roy Ashburn should resign,” Randy Thomasson, president of the Christian-based, said in a statement released Tuesday. “His lying, cheating ways have boiled over and the public's trust has been shattered.”

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.”

While Ashburn's constituents most likely were in the dark about his sexual orientation, local gay activists appear to have been fully aware that he was voting against himself in Sacramento and at least one gay rights opponent says he had his suspicions about Ashburn as long ago as 2005.

Chad Vegas, a 36-year-old school board trustee and Bakersfield pastor, told the paper that he witnessed a dispassionate legislator when Ashburn stood with evangelical leaders at an anti-gay marriage rally in Bakersfield's Patriot Park.

“Let's just say it was not a great effort in rallying the troops on Roy's part,” Vegas said.

And then there were those gay activists standing outside the park shouting, “We know you're one of us, Roy!”