GOP Boss: Houston Lesbian Mayor Forces Liberal Values on Texas

Image: GOP Boss: Houston Lesbian Mayor Forces Liberal Values on Texas Houston Mayor Annise Parker, right, and partner Kathy Hubbard celebrate at their wedding on Jan 16 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Friday, 17 Jan 2014 02:59 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A Texas GOP official says Houston's openly-lesbian mayor is intent on "bringing California and New York values to Texas" by marrying her female partner.

Mayor Annise Parker married her partner of 23 years, Kathy Hubbard, on Thursday in a ceremony at a home in Palm Springs, Calif., the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texas legislature prohibited the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 1997, and Parker previously stated she would not get married until the union was legal in the Lone Star State.

But Parker, who won her third term as mayor last November, tweeted after the ceremony: "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."

That doesn't wash with Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill.

Woodfill represents two plantiffs suing the city over its decision to begin offering health and life insurance to the spouses of all legally married city employees — gay or straight.

Parker revealed that change in November after getting a legal opinion from the Houston city attorney. The change is reportedly in violation of a 2001 city charter amendment.

"Why does she wait to get married in another state after the election? Why does she give same-sex benefits to couples married in other states after the election?" Woodfill said to the Chronicle.

"This is a mayor who is bringing California and New York values to Texas, and these are values Texans don't subscribe to. Texans have defined their position on marriage in the form of a constitutional amendment."

The newspaper says that when Parker took office in 2009, she pledged to put the city before social advocacy — but then enraged conservatives when, three years later, she joined 78 mayors in asking for equal marriage rights for gay couples.

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