Sunday, January 25, 2009
Obsessed with sex, lying, or both?
I live just outside of the Portland, Oregon city limits. We've gotten national news coverage because Portland's first openly gay mayor, Sam Adams, lied about his relationship with a much younger intern. Sound familiar?
For those of you who don't know the story, Adams and the man had a brief relationship before Adams ran for mayor. Another openly gay opponent dropped some hints that Adams had "had an inappropriate relationship" - isn't this political and personal blackmail? And when asked about it, Adams lied.
Tip for the uninitiated politician who lies about sex: it is sure to bite you in the ass (no pun intended here.)
Some people in Portland and the surrounding area feel that Adams' sex life is his own business - and I agree. On the other hand, others are outraged about the lying - and I understand that, also.
Many people in the GLBT community have said he is a bad role model and that he makes them all look bad.
I think it's sad that:
1. We're a society so obsessed with sex that Adams was even questioned in the first place;
2. We're such a homophobic society that even while progress happens - e.g. we elect an openly gay mayor with little issue about his sexual orientation - GLBT citizens worry about how they are judged because of his behavior.
I have to wonder aloud, why is anyone naive enough to be shocked that a politician would lie? On the other hand, why has that come to be accepted?
What do you think?