Mayor Annise Parker has wed her long time partner, Kathy Hubbard in California on Thursday. California is one of 17 states that allows same sex marriage. Mayor Parker and First Lady Kathy Hubbard were married during a sunset ceremony held at a private home in Palm Springs, California.
Mayor Parker said their wedding day January 16th was significant because it marked their 23rd anniversary of their partnership. In a statement released by the Mayor's Office Parker said " 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 downs 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."
In December, Mayor Parker announced that the City of Houston will start offering benefits to legally married spouses of city employees, including same sex couples. However, according to the Mayor's office The First Lady of Houston has other insurance benefits available to her and she will not be taking part in the City of Houston's insurance plan.
Mayor Parker is on her third and final term as Mayor of Houston. She is only the second female Mayor of Houston, Mayor Parker also earned the distinction back in 2010 when she was first elected Mayor as being the first openly gay Mayors of a large U.S. city.
the state of Texas at this time does not recognize same sex marriages. However, the federal government now does. In June, the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act that said a marriage was between a man and a woman. That ruling effective allowed for the Federal Government to recognize same sex marriages in states that allowed them.
Here in Texas the Defense of Marriage act remains on the books. It was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in 2003. In 2005, the Texas Legislature passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. For that amendment to be repealed it would two-thirds approval by the Texas House and Senate and then would go to voters for final approval.
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