Houston Elects Openly Gay Mayor
Becomes biggest US city with homosexual at the helm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2009 7:00 AM CST
Houston Mayor-elect Annise Parker, right, celebrates her runoff election victory with partner Kathy Hubbard, left, at a campaign party Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 in Houston.   (David J. Phillip)
camera-icon View 5 more images

(Newser) – Houston became the largest US city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker after a hotly contested runoff. Parker defeated former city attorney Gene Locke with 53.6% of the vote yesterday in a race that had a turnout of only 16.5%. "This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community," Parker told supporters.

Parker, 53, has never made a secret or an issue of her sexual orientation. But it became the focus of the race after anti-gay activists and conservative religious groups endorsed Locke and condemned Parker's "homosexual behavior." Locke tried to distance himself from the anti-gay attacks while courting conservative voters. Meanwhile, gay and lesbian political organizations rallied to support Parker by raising money and working the phones.
 

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |  
6%
6%
0%
0%
0%
89%