"This is a mayor who is bringing California and New York values to Texas, and these are values Texans don't subscribe to," Harris County Republican Party chairman Jared Woodfill has said of the Palm Springs, CA ceremony held yesterday. Woodfill is currently suing Houston for its ruling to extend health and life insurance benefits to the spouses of legally married city employees, regardless of sexual orientation. Guess that means he won't be sending a wedding gift?
Though 57-year-old Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, had originally declared that she wouldn't get married until gay unions became legal in her conservative home state, she clearly had a change of heart. "I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades," the Democrat announced on Twitter. "I couldn't be happier. We said our vows today."
Aww. Ignore the haters, Annise, and enjoy that honeymoon. When you get back, let's see what you can do to help your gay constituents say "I do," too. (Houston Chronicle)