The story of a politician marrying her longtime partner would not normally be much in the way of news. Sure, there would be talk, but mostly it would be relegated to gossip magazines and the socialite section of newspapers. In the case of Mayor Annise Parker, it is far more notable because her longtime partner happens to be a woman.
CultureMap is reporting that the Mayor and Kathy Hubbard will marry in mid-January in California where gay marriage is legal. Parker has said that she would prefer to wait until it is legal in the state of Texas, but she has recently changed her tune slightly.
"The world is changing so fast, maybe I won't wait that long," Parker said last week in a year-end interview with CultureMap when asked when she would marry. "I'm no longer worried that (gay marriage in Texas) is not going to happen in my lifetime. After the Supreme Court ruling and the number of states that now have equal marriage, it's coming."
Parker recently enacted an executive order that would require the city to provide benefits for the spouses of same-sex employees married legally in other states. Naturally, the county GOP has sued to oppose the order.
Parker and Hubbard have been together for 23 years. She is the first openly lesbian mayor in America.
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Frankly, if the mayor wants to get married, we say go for it. God knows her relationship has outlasted many of her colleagues at City Hall and on City Council. In fact, she probably has the most successful relationship of the majority of elected officials in Harris County, including those who would happily oppose her right to marry.