The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times weekly newspaper is calling for Portland’s embattled gay mayor to resign. It is the second LGBT publication to ask Sam Adams to step down after he admitted this month that he lied about a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old lover during his campaign.
In its January 29 editorial, the San Diego paper writes, “When a public servant lies during an election out of fear the truth will jeopardize his or her chances at gaining political office, as Adams has done, then that bond of trust is broken with the citizens. We should not over-look it out of deference to someone who is gay or lesbian. In fact, we should do just the opposite, and hold members of our community accountable because they are gay or lesbian. Our community deserves role models of integrity.”
Just Out, Portland’s gay newspaper, also called on Adams to resign. In an interview with the Washington Blade, publisher Marty Davis said, “Sam has been our guy forever, which makes this even harder. It’s completely dividing and tearing our community right down the middle.”
Adams, 45, has said he first met Beau Breedlove in 2005 when he was 17 but waited until the former state legislative intern turned 18 to have sex with him. Questions about the pair’s relationship surfaced during his mayoral campaign last year, at which time Adams instructed Breedlove to lie for him and say the two were only platonic friends.
So far Adams has refused to step down, returning to his office this week while the controversy continues to swirl around him and generate headlines nationwide. Oregon’s state attorney general is investigating the matter.