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