Controversy has completely engulfed openly gay Portland Mayor Sam Adams. More than a year after denying the charges leveled at him from an undeclared mayoral opponent, Adams has admitted to having a sexual relationship with then-18-year-old Beau Breedlove, who is now 21.
The whole world is focused on Adams’ sexual relationship with Breedlove, but the real issue here is Adams’ lies to the public, the media and the people who voted him into office.
Some are calling for his resignation. Others are defending him. A warning: Let’s not play into double-standards.
Adams admitted to the relationship with the then-18-year-old Beau Breedlove, who is now 21. Adams said he lied about the 2007 allegations because he did not want the public to give into “untrue rumors” that he had broken the law by having sex with a minor. Adams met Breedlove when the boy was 17.
Breedlove has not commented much to the press. Citizens have expressed outrage over Adams’ lies about the affair. Journalists and bloggers have said Adams has lost his trustworthiness and credibility.