Jan. 16, 2014
Houston Mayor Annise Parker married her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, in Palm Springs on Thursday, according to a news release from the city.
The wedding reportedly was held in a private home with a small group of family and friends, including Parker’s mother and Hubbard’s sister. The Rev. Paul Fromberg, a family friend from San Francisco, presided. Two friends from Houston, Judge Steve Kirkland and Mark Parthie, served as formal witnesses.
The couple chose Jan. 16 because it was their 23rd anniversary.
“This is a very happy day for us,” Parker said in the release. “We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other. Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship. She is the love of my life and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life married to her.”
Parker and Hubbard met in 1990 when Hubbard, a tax consultant, went to a bookstore co-owned by Parker to offer her services. The couple have three children. In 1993, they took in a 16-year-old boy who’d been kicked out of his house for being gay, and they’ve since adopted adopted two girls.
Parker, who in 2009 became the first openly LGBT person elected mayor of a top 10 U.S. city, recently was sworn in to her third and final two-year term. Parker has said she intends to run for statewide office as a Democrat in the future.
In November, Parker extended benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees who are legally married in other states. However, the release states that Hubbard “has other insurance options available to her” and won’t be signing up for the benefits.
Harris County GOP chair Jared Woodfill is suing Parker and the city seeking to halt the benefits.
“This is about a bigger political agenda for her,” Woodfill told KTRK on Thursday night. “The fact she is going to another state and then will come back and live and enjoy the benefits of her unilateral, executive, unlawful order represents, that really the worst in a politician.”
The haters are also out on Facebook.
Parker tweeted late Thursday:
I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades. I couldn’t be happier. We said our vows today.-A
— Annise Parker (@anniseparker) January 17, 2014
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— John Wright