In April 2017, a Seattle mayor – Ed Murray was accused for allegedly raping a teenager boy years ago. Naturally, Mr. Murray has denied all continues to deny all the claims, explaining them to be “the cost of being a public figure”. Murray’s spokesperson was convincing the publicity that all the unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, had been categorically false and mayor Murray had never been engaged in an inappropriate relationship with minors.
But Seattle LGBTQ Commission doesn’t intend to go easy on a gay politician and insistently pushes him for the resignation. The Commission’s statement says: “In addition to the evidence regarding deeply grave sexual abuse, we believe Murray’s response has been harmful and inappropriate, particularly to LGBTQ individuals, survivors of sexual abuse, and individuals with criminal history. Murray has responded to the allegations by invoking the accusers’ criminal records as proof of their unreliability. We affirm that survivors of sexual assault must be believed and honored, no matter their identity or social standing.” Activists also blamed the mayor on “declaring homophobia to absolve oneself of accountability”, regarding it to be “morally repugnant”.
However, some of the former Seattle mayors made a stand for Mr. Murray and wrote an objection letter, which persuaded that a transition mere months before the election would be too messy. On his turn, Ed Murray declared he would not resign. Instead, he intends to serve out the remainder of his term before the election in November 2017.