Friday Forum: Should Sam Adams Resign?

adams_breedloveIt’s that time of the week, when Queerty takes a break from the opinion-making and puts you, the readers, in charge. Each Friday, we invite you to be the pundit on a hot-button question facing the LGBT community and its allies. As always, we expect people to be respectful and considerate of others by refraining from personal attacks. We present the information, you make the decision.

It’s been a hard and fast fall for newly-elected Portland Mayor Sam Adams. After denying rumors that he had an affair with 18-year-old legislative intern Beau Breedlove throughout his mayoral run, even going so far as to call the rumors a “smear campaign,” it turns out that — whoops– it was all true. The water has been further muddled since Adams had hired the reporter who had been investigating his involvement with Breedlove. The mayor has now spent the week apologizing for the mistake and spinning it as an error in judgment, but that hasn’t stopped the parade of calls for his resignation.

The Portland Tribune, the Oregonian and gay Portland paper Just Out have all called for Adams to step down.

There are three separate issues to consider here: The first is the inappropriate sexual relationship; there’s nothing illegal about having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old, but to do so with someone who you were mentoring shows a poor judgment. Secondly, the mayor lied about the affair throughout the campaign. And third, Adams hired the reporter investigating the affair, which in light of this week’s news, can’t help but seem like a political favor.

That said, politicians and sex scandals are like peanut butter and jelly and it’s an open question if Sam Adams has done anything illegal. He certainly has violated the public trust, but so did, oh– Bill Clinton.

We put it to you: Should Sam Adams resign?