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Gay Seattle Mayor resigns after months of sexual abuse allegations

Ed Murray's resignation is effective today

Gay Seattle Mayor resigns after months of sexual abuse allegations
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Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle, resigns

Gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s career has been on a downward spiral since he was first accused of child sexual abuse in April.

He was first accused of allegedly raping a 15-year-old boy in 1986. Then, two more men came forward and claimed Murray abused them decades ago.

In July, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission called for his resignation. However, Murray continued to deny the accusations. He also stated he planned to finish out the remainder of his term until the November election.

Things changed yesterday (12 September), when Murray released a statement announcing his resignation.

‘While the allegations against me are not true,’ he doubles down in the statement. ‘It is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business.’

His resignation is effective at 5 pm local time, today, 13 September.

What changed?

Between July, when Murray said he wouldn’t resign, and now, something changed.

Most notably, Murray’s statement of resignation came hours after a cousin accused him of abuse. He ‘became the fifth man to publicly accuse the mayor of sexual abuse, saying Murray repeatedly molested him as a teenager in the 1970s’.

Murray denied this allegation as well before stepping down from office.

He said there was a rift between his family and his cousin’s. ‘There’s been numerous fights between our two families for many years, and much ugliness,’ he defended. ‘I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off.’

In his resignation statement, he said he was proud of what he accomplished as mayor. This includes passing legislation for transportation packages, a gay civil rights bill, and a marriage equality bill.

In the interim, Council President Bruce Harrell will take on the role of mayor. Within five days, he’ll choose whether or not to serve the remainder of the term.

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