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January 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Portland mayor sex scandal

Painting a hypocritical picture

As a member of the Seattle gay community, I find the hypocrisy in dealing with a straight politician’s sex scandal, such as Former President Clinton, versus that of a gay politician, such as Portland Mayor Sam Adams [“Despite scandal, Portland mayor says he’ll stay,” page one, Jan. 26], outrageous and shocking.

For decades, the American gay community fought to overturn the sodomy laws of this nation. In 2003, we received the Lawrence decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared all sodomy laws unconstitutional, and established the right to private, noncommercial, consensual sexual activities between adults.

President Clinton and Mayor Adams engaged in one form of sodomy or another in their respective affairs. Clinton committed adultery, Adams did not. To quote Just Out Publisher Marty Davis, both Clinton and Adams engaged in “… first-degree lying.” Moreover, the respective age differences between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was 27 years and between Adams and Beau Breedlove, 25 years.

Both Adams and Breedlove swear their relationship started after Breedlove turned 18. Until I hear clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, I will take them for their word.

Please don’t tell me the Portland gay and straight communities don’t hold their mayor to a higher standard than their president. America forgave President Clinton; Portland should forgive Mayor Adams.

— Steven L. Kendall, Seattle

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