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Houston mayor calls swearing-in milestone for gays

Houston mayor calls swearing-in milestone for gays

POSTED: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 1:36pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:09am

HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Annise Parker says her swearing-in as the first openly gay head of the nation's fourth-largest city marks a milestone for the gay community but that it's just "one step toward a tomorrow of greater justice."

Parker was sworn in over the weekend in a private ceremony and repeated her oath during a public ceremony Monday. Her partner, Kathy Hubbard, held the Bible during the swearing-in.

The 53-year-old Parker told the more than 1,000 people at Monday's ceremony that she can feel the "excitement" and "joy" of the city's gay community, as well as their "longing for acceptance."

Parker received almost 54 percent of the vote in a December runoff against former city attorney Gene Locke. She succeeds Democrat Bill White, who reached his term limit.

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Wow. I never thought I'd see it in this state.

I wholeheartedly approve.

And to those who would call it 'sick', it is not. It's simply none of your business.

(And, if you must know, I'm strait.)

that is sick

Strange. If I was elected into a public office, I don't think I'd mention my sex life. I'm straight, but who's business is it who you're having sex with? Quit forcing your business on everyone.

Biblicly, it's wrong and this country is quickly going down the drain.

Parker played it perfect, BEFORE she got elected it was all "Nothing to do with her being gay" and now the real story comes out(no pun intended)that it was all about her being gay.....well played

If she fails it won't be because she's gay, but that card will be played7

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