Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major US city, has finally tied the knot and married her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, on Thursday, January 16.
‘A Happy Day for Us’
Parker, who was recently sworn in for a third term as city mayor, and Hubbard have been together for 23 years. The couple got married in Palm Springs, California, where same-sex marriage is legal.
“This is a very happy day for us,” Parker said in a statement released by the city. “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.”
The ceremony was held at sunset at a private home and was attended by a small group of family and friends, according to a statement from Parker’s office.
‘Wife of the Woman I Love’
Parker had said she and Hubbard would not marry until their marriage was legal in the state of Texas.
Late Thursday, she tweeted: “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”