Houston Elects Openly Gay Mayor
City Controller Annise Parker is the winner in what had become a contentious race for mayor of Houston, with anti-gay forces attacking Parker based on her sexuality. Parker defeated former city attorney Gene Locke, 53-47%.
Throughout the campaign, Ms. Parker tried to avoid making an issue of her sexual orientation and emphasized her experience in overseeing the city’s finances. But she began her career as an advocate for gay rights in the 1980s, and it was lost on no one in Houston, a city of 2.2 million people, that her election would mark a milestone for gay men and lesbians around the country.Click here for reuse options!
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