Speaking as a gay Portlander, what I am most ashamed of is that we are a nation of six year-olds who think that a public figure's sex life is any of our business. Our local media knew that we, the public, are so emotionally immature that we would eat this story up if they pursued it. As someone who has high hopes for my city and our mayor I am very angry with him for this stupid, unprofessional, and selfish blunder. I am also angry that he lied to the press. This probably has damaged the reputation of all gays and he owes the gay community a direct apology; but the solution is not for Adams to step down but to overcome this scandal and prove that an openly gay official can lead a major city effectively during a time of economic recession. Speaking of which - has anyone noticed that we are in a recession? Our local, state, and national economies are in the toilet. People are losing their homes, their retirement savings, and their jobs and here we are discussing sex!!!!! I’m a bartender and on more days than not a customer will tell me that he has lost his job or that his company has announced impending layoffs. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and grow up! Given our country's puritan past I know that sometimes we simply can't help our pious, self-righteous little selves, but this is just ridiculous. As our new President said in his inaugural address, "The time has come to set aside childish things." Sam Adams took his eye off the ball but that is no excuse for the rest of us to do the same. I could give less than a shit who he sleeps with.
Posted by: IDZ | Jan 20, 2009 9:09:20 PM
I think may people agree that it's not the sex, per se, but the lies. The man took out an ad denouncing not only the act, but then went on to condemn people for "perpetuating stereotypes". This is not just "a lie" but calculated deception and intentional manipulation. He then had the young man lie for him. I'm sorry, but I could not trust someone who goes to those lengths to lie. Like it's been said, if he would lie to the extreme about sex, nevermind what he would do to hide other deception. He needs to step down or the people should recall him.
Posted by: Seriously | Jan 20, 2009 9:38:22 PM
Just like someone else said earlier - it is not so much the actions (although I am sure there is quite a bit more to this than being let out now), but the lies.
Can these politicians please take a look at the CURRENT governor of New York's playbook - he admitted drug use and sex with another woman right around the time he started in the position. Nearly a year later he is giving press conferences about the "Miracle on the Hudson" and not drugs and sex.
Posted by: sharksfansd | Jan 21, 2009 4:43:32 AM
I DON'T CARE.
The reaction on this gay site and others once again show how passive gay people are. Heterosexuals are not your authority you have to please.
Posted by: Bill | Jan 21, 2009 5:02:02 AM
Governor Paterson of New York never lied about having an affair. He revealed it himself when he took office as governor (he and his wife were separated, and both had affairs). It hadn't come up before. Furthermore, there was never any question as to the age of Paterson's lover, or of any laws being broken.
And Paterson was open about his love life because his predecessor had just resigned after a federal investigation into, among other things, his taste for high-priced whores.
Posted by: Ben | Jan 21, 2009 5:11:00 AM
Oh those A-list queens! Always full of narcissistic deceptions!
Posted by: John | Jan 21, 2009 12:36:07 PM
Sam Adams is definitely a handsome older man. Unfortunately, he's not the least bit faithful or his relationship is very open. Currently, he's in a relationship with award winning journalist Peter Zuckerman. He had a nasty breakup with his Greg Eddie who was with him from 1992 until 2004. Eddie sued him for part of his pension and Adams is definitely paying off his former domestic partner for his infidelities. Christopher Stowell who is artistic director of the ballet in Portland dated Adams as well but was smart enough not to have a relationship with him. Adams may look nice on the outside but he has a tendency to share his good looks with others.
Posted by: tribalpottery | Jan 21, 2009 3:59:11 PM