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Portland Oregon's Gay Mayor Sam Adams Admits Sexual Relationship With Teenage Former Staffer In 2005

Sam_adams_2 Portland, Oregon's just-inducted openly gay mayor, Sam Adams, 44, has confessed to having had a sexual relationship with teenage former staffer Beau Breedlove in 2005.  Adams was a county commissioner at the time. Although Adams and Breedlove met when the teen was 17 years old, Adams maintains that he and Breedlove did not have sex until Breedlove was 18.  Adams apologized to the local press today:

Beaubreedlove_3"Until today I have not discussed the true nature of the relationship with anyone. Not my friends, family, staff or colleagues on the council. I have apologized to Beau Breedlove for asking him to lie for me. I want to apologize to my colleagues for my dishonesty and especially to the people of Portland for my dishonesty. I should have been truthful from the beginning,"

Adams had been questioned about his relationship with the then-teen before his November election, but both he and and the young man told the press at the time that their relationship had only been platonic. It not yet clear why Adams has now admitted the relationship or whether he intends to stay in office.  Adams' election in 2008 was hailed by LGBT activists, as Portland had become the largest city in the country with an openly gay mayor.

UPDATE: After the jump is a radio interview that Adams made with a Portland station today. The sound is a bit garbled at times, but Adams says that he doesn't yet know whether he'll be keeping his job. Asked if his apology is enough to satisfy the voters, Adams replies, "That's up to the people of Portland."

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  1. Sam - watching this You Tube, you keep saying, you "want to apologize". That is not the same as ACTUALLY apologizing. I will give you credit for having a true knack for twisting the truth. What more clever plays on words can we expect from you, as Mayor of such a fine city of Portland. You are right, you should have been honest from the beginning, then the people of Portland could have elected you to such an important public position, based on your TRUE character. Too bad, we can't turn the clock back now....

    Posted by: eav | Jan 20, 2009 12:58:38 PM

  2. Lordy. What a crock. If no laws were broken, that should be the end of it. He lied about the relationship: Well, yes, he did. Can you blame him? He shouldn't have, but does that lie point to a dishonest nature, or a practical one? Maybe if we learned the difference between "adhering" and "aspiring" to all these moral codes we supposedly follow and demand that our politicians follow, we'd be less enraged when someone makes an imperfect decision.

    Maybe if we stopped treating children like possessions, rather than people, we'd have a more realistic idea of when they are ready to assume some autonomy over their bodies and sexuality. The way we talk about young people's sexuality, you'd think most Americans would rather their child lose a limb than his or her virginity.

    And could we stop worrying about what the breeders will think? Who cares? By the time you hall monitors are done making us over to be "just like straight people," we won't be recognizably anything. The people who hate us hate us whether we're monogamous with 2.5 kids or we're the Champion Fisting Bottom of the Bay Area. And the ones who don't, don't care about this crap.

    Posted by: peter | Jan 20, 2009 1:53:36 PM

  3. Has no one ever lied or made a mistake or a bad judgement? Politics or not let's move one and get passed this - the man finally apologized and admitted to his mistake -like others before him, being in the public eyes, he had to defend his actions, viewed by others as bad or weak! Reality dictates that we all make mistakes, ALL OF US, at one time or another, but we do not necessarily have to publicly admit them, do we? Forgiveness should be in everyone's vocabulary instead of judgement. Move on people, and get a life!

    Posted by: Maria G | Jan 20, 2009 5:42:09 PM

  4. The Mayor's Opposition BOB BALL..
    is far WORSE.. into underage guys

    I mean why would a Gay Post-Middleaged man want to run police explorer cadets/?(TEENS) yay!

    Mayor Adams did NOTHING illegal, and is NOBODYS business but his!

    So, none of you would do a hot 18 y.o. if you could?? yeaaaa right!!

    you can sure tell witch people here are often turned down when hittng on young craigslist guys heh

    BTW I KNEW wha i liked by age of 12!! but didn't have a way to meet guys like a computer or i would have!!

    Posted by: MDG | Jan 20, 2009 6:39:15 PM

  5. O and Why is it largley OK for an older WOMAN dooing a 18yo MAN????
    they are even "cheered on" WTF???

    they are all over the news, and only get slapped on the wrist if they are Under 18.. uhh America is sooooo prudish, stuck up, way to old fashioned and conservative

    Posted by: MDG | Jan 20, 2009 6:48:03 PM

  6. and the man Mayor Adams was with LOOKS MUCH older thAn 18...

    Posted by: MDG | Jan 20, 2009 6:49:51 PM

  7. GAWD! I wish we could quit being so freaking puritanical about this stuff. Until well into the 20th century it was legal AND quite common for heterosexual males to marry 14-year-olds - AND it was blessed by the church.

    Many of us teenage gay guys were having sex with other teenage gay guys and would have proudly pounced on anyone older. The same can be said for our heterosexual counterparts - just substitute girls for guys, k?

    It isn't like he was munching on pre-pubescent boys. Breedlove (can the name be anymore ironic?) was 17!

    Posted by: J.P. | Jan 20, 2009 8:47:25 PM

  8. My we are an ageist group here! I know of young men who are looking for an older man. The age of consent varies by state and ranges form 16-18. Yes in Oregon the state law is 18, so if Beau was legal and consented there is no legal issue. The only issue is that Sam lied, and yes if everything was above board then Sam should not have lied about a legal, consensual realationship.

    Posted by: Carl - Michigan | Jan 20, 2009 10:09:48 PM

  9. Another setback for the GLBT community... i am so disillusioned.

    Posted by: NICOLAS | Jan 21, 2009 12:15:49 AM

  10. Thank God we like taking it up the ass, cuz we sure keep fucking ourselves.

    I know how to fix the community's battered image. Let's get a truck full of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and porn stars, hijack a church yard in Portland for a revolutionary S&M street fair, and host a "Fist-in for Freedom and Equality".

    Will we ever learn????

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 21, 2009 1:32:19 AM

  11. So basically...more than half of you on here just proudly admitted to having either slept with someone under the age of 17 (A HIGHSCHOOL STUDENT)...or potentially doing so in the near future. LOVELY!

    It IS true. EVERY stereotype has a hint of truth behind it. They just don't get fabricated out of thin air.

    We seem to be amongst many former and future cast members of "To Catch a Predator"...

    My saying sleeping with a teenager under the age of 18 doesn't make me a prude, it makes me a decent human being. Some of these comments turn my stomach "You've never looked at a hot young boy and wanted to sleep with him?"....UHM, NO, and if you have you need to get some f*ing help and stay the f*ck away from my little brothers and his friends. There's more to life than just dick!

    Posted by: Kyle | Jan 21, 2009 2:47:06 AM

  12. lol clutch those pearls honey! a little harder and they'll be diamonds soon! lol. you kooky nutbag.

    Posted by: Blake | Jan 21, 2009 3:33:18 AM

  13. Mark, I apologize for my harsh reaction to your post--I took it personally, which I shouldn't have--I realized that after I received your e-mail.

    How about this, guys--let's bask in the hope that the next four (and hopefully, eight) years will be better than the last eight. What a mayor from a medium-sized city did/didn't do is really pretty small, compared to what this country (or cunt...tree, as Aretha and her hat would have us believe!) has ahead of it, and we all need to focus on that! Happy Wednesday to everyone!!

    Posted by: troschne | Jan 21, 2009 7:48:18 AM

  14. I knew this really hot 13-year-old. And the chemistry was too hot to ignore. He was a total stud and the most stunning bootie you've ever seen. We were all over each other.

    Posted by: mcQLA | Jan 21, 2009 1:54:34 PM

  15. Oh, did I forget to mention that I was 12 at the time. Sorry....

    Posted by: mcQLA | Jan 21, 2009 1:55:20 PM

  16. This BEAU dude is HOT! Fun pics of him shirtless and in a speedo here:


    Posted by: Zach Sire | Jan 21, 2009 3:20:24 PM

  17. Sam Adams is (or was) set to be a keynote speaker at PSU this week. The topic you ask? Oh of course.... ethics!

    Posted by: Dana | Jan 21, 2009 3:46:03 PM

  18. WOW the Mayor does have good taste!
    and who wouldnt Bone the Breederlove!!

    He looks to be in his late 20's to early 30's

    so, other than Breedlove's (haha) number age, you cant say Adams is attracted to skinny underage twinkie treats that look like children.. gimmie a break

    Posted by: mac | Jan 21, 2009 3:46:54 PM


    Posted by: DN | Jan 21, 2009 4:00:00 PM

  20. I could see it. They're both cute, especially the Beau guy. And I also bet the Beau guy doesn't think he was taken advantage of & doesn't regret it. Who cares. Move on.

    Posted by: Genevieve | Jan 21, 2009 4:13:37 PM

  21. When I was 18 I LOVED my encounters wilth older men - they were sexy and taught me a lot of things I did not know. 18 year olds are horny and there's not a big pool of casual sex we could find. How many of you went to gay bars when you were a teenager to cruise men? Where else could you go?

    Yes, the mayor lied.

    Yes, Beau is a hot piece.

    No, there's nothing wrong with a man acknowledging he had sex with another man.

    Who cares what the straights think? Woody Allen married his step-daughter for chrisssakes! GOP Prez candidate Fred Thimson (of Law & Order) has a trophy wife. Why can't a middle aged gay man have a trophy hunk?

    The last thing I'd have to say is that I'd enjoy an encounter with either the Mayor or Beau...

    Posted by: t hartley | Jan 21, 2009 4:31:33 PM

  22. Um WHO CARES?!

    This story has just told me about two adults having sex. big deal. in this country we are innocent until proven guilty. so until proof comes out that he was indeed 17 when they had sex, leave him alone. would you want someone reporting on every person you had sex with?

    Posted by: Evan | Jan 21, 2009 4:33:02 PM

  23. he should have stayed home and jacked it to brownhole bonanza like the rest of us.....

    Posted by: jeffy | Jan 21, 2009 4:45:50 PM

  24. It's elementary. We use the same yardstick to measure Gay politicians that we would use to measure any other politician.

    He needs to go and he should face an inquiry to find out whether any laws were broken. If he is guilty of breaking any law, he needs to go to jail.

    Posted by: exModia Staffers | Jan 21, 2009 6:43:47 PM

  25. Breed Love. Breeding Love. Isn't that Leona Lewis' hit song?

    Posted by: martika | Jan 21, 2009 7:43:00 PM

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