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Houston mayor announces details of proposed anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 21, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Monday announced details of a proposed human rights ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker, at their wedding ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014.

Houston mayor fires back at critics over her same-sex marriage: ‘Get over it!’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker is firing back at Republicans who say her marriage to longtime partner last week was politically motivated. [ Read more → ]
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Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal seeks to combine lawsuits over Houston same-sex couple benefits

Thursday, January 9, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lambda Legal on Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to combine two separate lawsuits filed against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston, one seeking to prevent and the other to preserve spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge refuses to halt same-sex benefits for Houston city employees

Friday, January 3, 2014
HOUSTON -- The same-sex spouses of Houston city employees will keep their benefits for now, after a federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a restraining order that would have halted them. [ Read more → ]
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Houston city workers file suit seeking equal benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston seeking to preserve spousal benefits, including health insurance, covering the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
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Judge halts same-sex benefits in Houston after GOP chair files lawsuit

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HOUSTON -- A Harris County, Texas, judge issued an order Tuesday blocking the city of Houston from providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees pending a hearing in January. [ Read more → ]
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Annise Parker wins re-election in Houston mayoral race

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Annise Parker was elected on Tuesday to a third and final term as the leader of the nation's fourth largest city. [ Read more → ]
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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
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Houston mayor: Passing a non-discrimination law is ‘something we should do’

Friday, September 20, 2013
HOUSTON -- San Antonio's recent passage of an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance leaves Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, as the only major metropolitan area in Texas without its own citywide ordinance, and mayor Annise Parker says the city should follow suit. [ Read more → ]
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Nearly 300 U.S. mayors join campaign to advocate for marriage equality

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Mayors from across the country on Friday attended a reception during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual D.C. meeting to commemorate the first anniversary of a campaign that features city executives who support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Philadelphia Mayor... [ Read more → ]
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Houston pastor wants Mayor Parker to shut up about marriage equality

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
HOUSTON — A high profile Houston pastor wants openly lesbian mayor Annise Parker to resign, or stop “promoting” the legalization of same-sex marriage. Parker is a co-chairperson of a bipartisan coalition of more than 80 U.S. mayors who have publicly stated their support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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More than 80 U.S. mayors pledge support for marriage equality (Video)

Friday, January 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- "Freedom to Marry," a New York-based marriage equality advocacy organization, on Friday announced a bipartisan coalition of more than 80 mayors from across the U.S. who have publicly stated their support for marriage equality for LGBT citizens, and their intention to work toward that goal. [ Read more → ]
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Big night for openly LGBT candidates in state, local races across the nation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It was a big night for many openly gay and lesbian candidates across the nation, with several races resulting in first-time victories for openly LGBT candidates in several state and local governments. [ Read more → ]
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Houston mayor Annise Parker re-elected to second term

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Mayor Annise D. Parker was been re-elected to a second term on Tuesday, barely avoiding a runoff despite a poll conducted last month which showed her with the lowest approval rating of any Houston mayor in nearly fifty years, and with only 37 percent of the poll's respondents saying that they would vote for her. [ Read more → ]
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Houston becomes largest U.S. city with gay mayor as Parker takes oath

Sunday, January 3, 2010
The City of Houston officially has a new mayor as of Saturday. Annise Parker was sworn in as Mayor of Houston in a private ceremony at City Hall, making Houston the largest U.S. city to ever have an openly gay individual serve as mayor. With... [ Read more → ]
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Parker victorious – Houston becomes largest US city to elect openly gay mayor

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Annise Parker has been elected mayor of the nation's 4th largest city, making Houston the largest U.S. city to ever have an openly gay individual serve as mayor. Recognizing the significance of her victory to the LGBTQ community nationwide, Parker said, "I acknowledge that. I... [ Read more → ]
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Houston voters to elect new mayor today; Parker leads in final polls

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Houston voters head to the polls Saturday to vote on several runoff races, and final polls indicate they could elect the city's first openly gay mayor. City Controller Annise Parker is a lesbian who has never made a secret or an issue of her sexual... [ Read more → ]
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Parker leads in Houston mayoral race despite anti-gay attacks

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Houston's openly gay city controller has pulled ahead in the race to be mayor of the nation's fourth largest city, just two days before a runoff election, according to a new poll -- despite a wave of anti-gay attacks. [caption id="attachment_3882" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Annise Parker"][/caption]... [ Read more → ]

Conservatives warn of ‘gay takeover’ in Houston if Parker becomes mayor

Sunday, November 15, 2009
HOUSTON -- A group of socially conservative Houstonians is planning a campaign to discourage voters from electing City Controller Annise Parker in the December mayoral runoff because she is a lesbian, according to multiple ministers and conservatives involved in the effort, reports the Houston Chronicle.... [ Read more → ]

Election night brings victory and defeat for gay candidates, issues across the nation

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It was to be a night of hope and promise for the LGBT community, but instead the crushing defeat of Maine's gay marriage law delivered another setback for gay rights advocates and overshadowed many other victories at the ballot box Tuesday. In Maine, voters on... [ Read more → ]

Houston could elect openly gay mayor on Tuesday

Monday, November 2, 2009
Houston could be largest U.S. city to elect openly gay mayor on Tuesday. A Lake Research poll released this week showed Annise Parker in the lead with 27 percent of the vote. Parker, the current city controller, is known for her low-key manner, and if... [ Read more → ]
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