2 men attacked in Portland after holding hands

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say a bias crime detective has been assigned to the case of two men assaulted after they walked together holding hands.

Lt. Robert King says 23-year-old Brad Forkner and 25-year-old Christopher Rosevear were attacked by several young men Sunday night as they walked on a trail near the Willamette River.

They tell police they heard people talking and laughing behind them but weren't sure it was directed at them.

Police say Forkner was pushed and punched by several people before he could break away to call 911. The attackers also punched and kicked Rosevear. The assailants finally ran off when they heard Forkner calling police.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who is openly gay, tells KATU-TV that "any two people in Portland should be able to take a walk, hand in hand, without fearing for their safety."

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Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/