Annise Parker was elected as mayor of Houston Saturday.
Houston, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – Houston voters elected the city’s first openly gay mayor on Saturday. As reported by CBS 11 News, Annise Parker won the election with 53.6 percent of the vote after a controversial election.
As noted in the report, Parker’s sexual orientation became a major focal point of the race after anti-gay activists and others made negative assertions about it in campaigning for her opponent.
Gene Locke, a former city attorney and opponent of Parker in the run-off for mayor is quoted by CBS 11 as stating of Parker following his election defeat, “I am proud she is now the winner. I congratulate her.”
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. Voter turnout for the recent election included over 152,000 residents.
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