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Facebook Group to
Rally in Support of Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Facebook Group to
Rally in Support of Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Oregon divides over the fate of gay Portland mayor Sam Adams, who admitted to an affair with an 18-year-old former intern.

Though politicians and media outlets have called on gay Portland mayor Sam Adams to resign on the heels of his announcement that he'd had an affair with an 18-year-old former intern, one Portland based group is planning to rally in support of Adams.

A Facebook group with 2,000-plus members has organized a Friday night rally in support of Adams. The group is made up of "Sam Adams supporters who feel that his two decades of committed service to the city of Portland by far outweigh his honesty about the details of his (legal and consensual) sex life. Our trust is not broken because he made a mistake when cornered with an inappropriate question."

The city is divided on whether Adams should resign. Four major newspapers have called for Adams to step down. Willamette Week, the alternative publication that first reported Adams's admission he'd lied about his relationship with now-21-year-old Beau Breedlove, has refused to take a stand either way.

"It's unfortunate that gays, women, and African Americans have to be held to a different standard than straight, white middle class males," Byron Beack, a writer for Willamette Week and a friend of Adams's, wrote on his blog.

Adams has said he will decide next week whether or not he'll resign. (

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