In a brief letter today, the Seattle Human Rights Commission called on Mayor Ed Murray to resign from office.
Four men have accused Murray of sexually abusing them when they were teenagers. One of those four, Delvonn Heckard, filed a civil suit against Murray. He later dropped that suit, pledging to refile next year. Another man, Jeff Simpson, is Murray's former foster son. Recently, the Seattle Times reported on documents that show that a child welfare investigator determined in 1984 that Murray sexually abused Simpson. Simpson and another man, Lloyd Anderson, first came forward with their allegations a decade ago. Murray has repeatedly denied the allegations. In the process, he has claimed the accusers or their lawyers are anti-gay and questioned the reliability of their claims because of their criminal records.
"We believe your response has been harmful and inappropriate, particularly to LGBTQ individuals, survivors of sexual abuse, and individuals with criminal history," the LGBTQ Commission wrote last month.
Today, the Human Rights Commission wrote, "We share and echo [the LGBTQ Commission's] deep concern."
"We believe it is in the best interest of our City, its residents, and its workers for you to resign immediately," the Human Rights Commission wrote. "We ask you to do so."