• Seattle's LGBTQ commission demands gay mayor resign after abuse claims

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    Seattle’s LGBTQ Commission is demanding the city’s openly gay
    mayor resign immediately following allegations that he sexually
    abused his teenage foster son and three others in the 1980s.

    In a scathing letter sent to Mayor Ed Murray on Monday, the
    commission referenced a child welfare report filed with the
    state and published by The Seattle Times that seemed to indicate
    that Murray sexually abused his foster son Jeff Simpson when he
    was a teenager.

    Murray has strongly pushed back on the claims and labeled them
    homophobic – something the city’s LGBTQ commission took issue

    “We perceive your attempt to dismiss these claims as a
    ‘politically motivated’ monolithic issue of homophobia to be a
    maneuver that is divisive and damaging to our community,” the
    letter said. “Claiming homophobic intent to shield yourself from
    accountability and erase the experiences of survivors of sexual
    abuse is silencing, manipulative, and morally repugnant.”

    The commission said the mayor’s response to the allegations have
    been “harmful and inappropriate.”

    No criminal charges were ever filed in connection with the May
    20, 1984 Oregon Child Protective Services report, though the
    report recommended that “under no circumstances should Mr.
    Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future.

    The three other boys who claimed they were sexually abused
    ranged in age from 13 to about 15 years old.


    The disturbing details of the report have several city leaders
    calling for Murray to resign ahead of the November election.

    “Noting both that you are the first openly gay Mayor of Seattle,
    and that many individuals on the Seattle LGBTQ Commission were
    appointed by you, we do not take our decision to call for your
    resignation lightly,” the letter said. “While some may say that
    you should be given the opportunity to serve out the remainder
    of your term, we feel that would be inadequate. With both moral
    and pragmatic motivations, we feel we must call for your

    Last week, current mayoral candidate Jessyn Ferrell and former
    Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn called for Murray to step down.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/25/seattles-lgbtq- commission-demands-gay-mayor-resign-after-abuse-claims.html

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