Gay mayor takes office in Portland, Ore.

Sam Adams took the oath of office as mayor of Portland, Ore., Jan. 1 at
12:01 a.m., making the city the largest in the country with an openly gay mayor.

Adams, 45, captured more than 50 percent of the vote in a May 20 primary election that had 13 candidates, thereby avoiding a general-election runoff.

He has promised to make Portland “cleaner, greener, more sustainable, smarter, more equal, better educated.”

San Diego is the largest city in America ever to have had an openly gay mayor.

Toni Atkins held the job for five months in 2005. She was appointed by the City Council after both the mayor and the deputy mayor quit in the wake of a pension-funding debacle.

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