- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. | The openly gay mayor of Portland told city commissioners Sunday that he will not resign despite calls for him to do so after he admitted that he lied and asked a teenager to lie about their sexual relationship.

Mayor Sam Adams, 45, publicly apologized this past week for lying early in his campaign about the relationship with an 18-year-old man in 2005. He has acknowledged the relationship began when Beau Breedlove was a juvenile but maintains that it only became sexual after the teen’s 18th birthday.

City Commissioner Randy Leonard told the Associated Press that Mr. Adams left him a phone message Sunday morning saying he had decided to remain in office.

Two other commissioners told the Oregonian newspaper that Mr. Adams had told them the same thing.

Mr. Adams did not immediately respond to calls from the AP seeking his comment.

Mr. Adams met separately with the four city commissioners on Saturday to discuss his political future privately, just three weeks after being sworn in. Portland, long seen as a bastion of liberalism, is the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.

The scandal has resulted in an investigation by the Oregon attorney general and has divided the city and its gay community. But Mr. Adams has found strong support to remain, including a Friday rally on his behalf at City Hall that drew more than 400 people.

Mr. Breedlove was a legislative intern when he met the mayor at age 17. He, like the mayor, says their sexual relationship started after his 18th birthday, in June 2005.

Mr. Breedlove, now 21, told the Oregonian on Saturday that the relationship was consensual.

“I do not see any relationship that I ever had with Sam as me being taken advantage of,” Mr. Breedlove told the newspaper. “I do not feel like I was ever a victim.”

When Mr. Adams confirmed the relationship this past week, he said it was inappropriate because of the age difference. He also said he lied early in his mayoral campaign and asked Mr. Breedlove to lie as well because rumors at the time suggested a sexual relationship with a minor.

Mr. Leonard said the city council planned to meet Monday. He has been in charge of the city as president of the city council, and he told AP that he would like to get the issue resolved as soon as possible to make sure city business gets done.

“At a minimum, this is very distractive,” Mr. Leonard said.

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