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Publication Urges Mayor to Resign

Oregon LGBT
Publication Urges Mayor to Resign

Portland's LGBT publication is calling for the city's recently elected gay mayor, Sam Adams, to resign after he admitted last week to lying during his campaign about a relationship he had with a teenage boy who may have been a minor at the time.

Portland's LGBT publication is calling for the city's recently elected gay mayor, Sam Adams, to resign after he admitted last week to lying during his campaign about a relationship he had with a teenage boy who may have been a minor at the time.

"By his own admission, by committing the act of lying to the citizens of Portland, Adams has failed to show the principled character that this publication feels is a basic requirement for an elected official," said an editorial posted on Just Out's website. "Just Out acknowledges that over his two decades as a public servant Adams has risen to become one of Oregon's most revered openly gay leaders. This publication has long admired Adams' vision, his intelligence and his tenacity. Ultimately we have concluded that these qualities cannot overcome the weakness revealed in Adams' recent admission."

Adams, who is the first out person to be elected mayor of a top-30 city, admitted to having intimate relations with legislative intern Beau Breedlove, who was 17 when the two met in 2004. But Adams said their relationship didn't become sexual until Breedlove turned 18. Oregon's attorney general launched an investigation into the matter Tuesday.

Adams remains undecided about whether to resign or continue on as mayor.

"I've not made my mind up," Adams told The Oregonian. "I still haven't determined whether it's in the city's best interest for me to stay or go." (Advocate.com)

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