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Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker

Richard Hartog
From left: Kathy Hubbard, Rev. Paul Fromberg and Houston mayor Annise Parker

HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Annise Parker has married longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a sunset ceremony Thursday at a private residence in Palm Springs, Calif., Parker’s office announced.

A small group of family and friends, including Parker’s mother and Hubbard’s sister, attended the service.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Paul Fromberg, rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. The couple chose Thursday as their wedding date because it was the 23rd anniversary of the beginning of their relationship.

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“This is a very happy day for us,” Parker said in her statement. “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 m y life married to her.”

Fromberg is a gay priest who had been rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Houston before leaving for San Francisco.

Parker’s election in 2009 made Houston the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor. While California allows gay people to marry, Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages.

According to the mayor’s statement, Hubbard will avail herself of other insurance options “and will, therefore, not participate in the new policy granting city health insurance benefits to spouses of legally married city employees.”

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  1. <3

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:16am
  2. Awesome! <3

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:16am
  3. It’s awesome that they got married but it’s sad that they had to go to another state to do so.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:18am
  4. Palm Springs is the perfect wedding destination. Everyone’s money is the same color here.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:19am
  5. And its not recognized in Texas. Such a shame

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:22am
  6. It will be soon.

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:28am
  7. It won't be. Not until it's federally enforced. It's a sad reality of living in a conservative state.

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:33am
  8. Awesome!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:22am
  9. Proud of and love my Mayor!!!! I voted for her all 3 times! Congrats! :)

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:23am
  10. Congrats!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:24am
  11. Too bad she couldn’t get married in her home state.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:24am
  12. Congratulations! Lets hope someday you can get married in Texas and my parter of 20 years and I can get married in Pennsylvania! You both look beautiful!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:25am
  13. Steve, Pennsylvania is going to be very hard they are so backwoods and have so many very odd laws. I hope it happens but I am not going to hold my breath. Going to NY to get married.

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:03pm
  14. With the likes of Brian Sims and Rep. Steve Mccarter Pennnsylvania is making great strides. We are not backwoods, we are just unfortunate to have what is called the middle "T" which is rural. I have great hopes!

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:21pm
  15. See the Rich

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:26am
  16. Right on!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:28am
  17. Congrats!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:29am
  18. Congratulations!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:32am
  19. Best wishes.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:33am
  20. 0/

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:33am
  21. Congrats!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:34am
  22. God bless you both. Wishing you many years of happiness

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:34am
  23. ♥ Congratulations! ♥

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:34am
  24. Congratulations !!! :)

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:37am
  25. Ladies you look stunning! Congratulations! Hope you have many years of happiness and good health!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:38am
  26. It’s sad that it’s not recognized in this homophobic red-neck state.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:40am
  27. Congrats

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:45am
  28. Beautiful, lesbian, politician, Texas…..I’m confused

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:46am
  29. Congratulations ladies!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:47am
  30. and didn’t she take away gay spousal benefits in Houston? Or no??

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:54am
  31. I’m sure the old Texans will find a way to fire her

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:59am
  32. Congrats hope u two have a long life together!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:00am
  33. Congrats to the happy couple!!! Hopefully us gay Texans can all get married our own state !!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:00am
  34. Congratulations. You two make a beautiful and happy couple.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:00am
  35. congrats! ♡

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:01am
  36. Awesome way to go ladies.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:01am
  37. So happy for my mayor.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:02am
  38. Congratulations ladies

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:14am
  39. hello Texas!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:18am
  40. It is people like this who are trailblazers in the struggle for equality, and who serve to motivate and inspire oppressed couples all across the country. Thank you, ladies for proving that love conquers all in spite of regional dissent. I wish you both a long and happy life together!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:26am
  41. Gotta love love

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:29am
  42. I live very close to Houston. Very happy that they finally tied the knot. They both look so beautiful, and full of love and joy. They also have some wonderful children. Just an awesome family. <3

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:34am
  43. Walter and I lived in California and were married there. Then we moved to Texas.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:39am
  44. Congratulations, and many many more happy years together!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:44am
  45. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:14am
  46. Congrats to the happy couple.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:33am
  47. Too bad you can’t wed in your own state, but congrats anyway…

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:51am
  48. Shame they cant marry on their own state!!!! But atleast they can marry!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:54am
  49. Awwwww that’s cute stay strong gay marriage and live forever!!!!!!! Young!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:55am
  50. Christie de Perez

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:05am
  51. You make me proud to be a Houstonian, even if I’m not there anymore!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:34am
  52. awesome

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:36am
  53. Yes!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:49am
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    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:02am
  55. Hopefully Texas will get marriage equality sooner than later.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:33am
  56. Equality in Texas? Hahahahahahaha. Fat chance.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:09am
  57. “You gave your promise to me, and I gave mine to you. I need someone beside me everything I do”. The Troggs

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:13am
  58. Good for her!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:25am
  59. Congratulations! Be happy, LOVE is for everyone!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:33am
  60. congrads both look beautiful

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:49am
  61. Felicidades un orgullo muy grande desde Mexico

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:51am
  62. Isnt it a crying shame a mayor has to marry in a different city?

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:04am
  63. Congrats! You are a wonderful mayor.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:52am
  64. wish..me and my partner can be marry too..in our own country,BEST WISHES!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:55am
  65. It’s sad that they couldn’t be married here in Houston. Texas has a long way to go and a lot to learn.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:02am
  66. Texas soon. Congrats.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:11am
  67. What a beautiful picture of the two of them!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:37am
  68. How beautiful

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:52am
  69. Congratulations

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:54am
  70. good on them!!!!! let’s see more of this!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:16pm
  71. To each their own, congrats to the both of you, you both look beautiful and very happy!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:02pm
  72. That’s great!!❤❤❤

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:30pm
  73. Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:43pm
  74. Congratulations!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:04pm
  75. Houston loved us,,until hiv,,now God has given retribution to the str.comm.for its hate for gays

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:07pm
  76. linnnnnndas

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:26pm
  77. Happy for them but terribly sad that we have to go to another state to do it. It’s criminal and unconstitutional.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:30pm
  78. congratulations!!! GOD bless you both!!! :)

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:38pm
  79. Yay for our mayor!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:42pm
  80. Aw good for her!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:43pm
  81. Aww

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:11pm
  82. What a “love”ly couple. They are obviously committed to each other, and they’re responsible, caring, intelligent citizens. Why isn’t THAT the criteria for getting a marriage license, especially if you’re going to bring children into the mix???

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:24pm
  83. Congradilations to the lady’s !!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:29pm
  84. Wow – the Houston, Texas Mayor and her long time partner got married? Congratulations – Please work for equality under the civil law for those in Texas to have the same opportunity.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:05pm
  85. I wish them a long and happy life together!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:28pm
  86. Awesome!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:51pm
  87. CONGRATS LADIES..

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:02pm
  88. Congrats ladies! ☺️

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:36pm
  89. Sad it’s not recognised in their own state.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:51pm
  90. Beautiful. Look at their faces… tells it all.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:09pm
  91. Congrats and may you have a lifetime of love!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:39pm
  92. Sucks that she couldn’t do it here.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:01pm
  93. Congrats to them both…

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:06pm
  94. WHOO. WAY TO GO.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:31pm
  95. But at least they are strong enough as people, to publicly try to change things. It may not be “legal” in Texas, but that can be changed!!! And you both look so happy!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:34pm
  96. ❤ #Congratulations #LoveIsLove

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:53pm
  97. Congratulations to you both.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:02am
  98. FELICIDADES !!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:15am