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Houston Mayor Annise Parker To Wed Partner


The Houston Chronicle reports that the openly gay mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, plans to wed her partner of 23 years, Kathy Hubbard. Hubbard, a professional tax preparer, met Parker after moving to Houston from New York, where she grew up, with her sister, seeking a warmer climate:

In 1990, Hubbard met the future mayor when she visited Parker's Inklings book store in Montrose to see if the business needed a tax consultant. Parker hired Hubbard to handle her personal taxes, and with time affection blossomed.

Parker, who is in her third and final terms as mayor, has yet to confirm the report and has previously said she and Hubbard would not wed until it was legal for same-sex couples in Texas to do so. However, Parker seems to have shifted her position in the wake of the Supreme Court's decisions in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor:

In recent public statements, though, the mayor has suggested she might reconsider her position. She said developments such as the Supreme Court's striking down of the federal Defense of Marriage Act have prompted her to consider the message her inaction might be sending to the couple's two adopted children...

Mayoral spokeswoman Jessica Michan said in a statement via email: "The mayor very much appreciates the interest in the 23-year relationship she has shared with her life partner, First Lady Kathy Hubbard. However, marriage is a private matter and she has no announcements she wishes to make at this time. If that changes, we will let you know."

In addition to their two adopted children, the couple also took in and aided a homeless gay youth who Hubbard met in 1993 after his grandparents kicked him out for being gay. That youth, Jovon Tyler, now 37, calls both women, "Mom."

Parker and Hubbard will reportedly wed in Palm Springs, California come January. California is one of 18 states where same-sex marriage is legal. 

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  1. It is so amazing she can do it so openly in Texas. Possibly because there are not that many "redneck wingnuts" in that nick of the woods.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 29, 2013 11:55:12 AM

  2. They should first attempt to wed in Texas, and bring a suit when they are denied a marriage license. Texas would be a huge win.

    Posted by: Kendall | Dec 29, 2013 12:00:29 PM

  3. Or perhaps they'll demand that Texas recognize the California marriage license, then sue based on that. They might have more legal traction that way, depending.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Dec 29, 2013 12:20:44 PM

  4. either way (re: Simon and Profe Sancho Panza) it would be an awesome step forward for the rights of us LGBT folk to be honored with the same equal rights as our Hetero friends/families (and others.....)

    I am formerly from Iowa, and we plan to go back to my hometown to get married AFTER 29 years together..yes, i know it's about time!

    Posted by: tinhouston | Dec 29, 2013 12:50:55 PM

  5. Good for her! We went to San Diego. The people could not have been nicer. We invited Rick Perry but he didn't show. Can't understand why.

    Posted by: Ajijic Den | Dec 29, 2013 1:42:41 PM

  6. Parker and Hubbard are two sisters who should make us feel proud. They are a wonderful antidote to the hate spewed by the bible thumpers like What's His Name.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 29, 2013 2:50:04 PM

  7. The more I read about this woman the more there is to like. It's no mystery why she has the right-wing teahadists forming at the mouth!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Dec 29, 2013 5:26:36 PM

  8. Good for them but I wish they would try to get some momentum for legalizing gay marriage in Texas. It seems like no one there wants to even bother with the uphill process. If nothing else get civil unions legal in Harris County.They are legal in Travis County (Austin)

    Posted by: jonvincent | Dec 31, 2013 12:39:51 AM

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