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Nicholas Carey
12-13-2009, 01:09 PM
The Texians down in Houston have beat San Francisco to the punch and become the first major city in the US to elect a gay [lesbian] mayor.

Good on'em, sez I.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/6767658.html

Annise Danette Parker was elected mayor of Houston on Saturday, winning her seventh consecutive city election and becoming both the first contender in a generation to defeat the hand-picked candidate of Houston's business establishment and the first openly gay person to lead a major U.S. city.


Parker, Houston's current city controller who first emerged in the public arena as a gay rights activist in the 1980s, defeated former City Attorney Gene Locke on an austere platform, convincing voters that her financial bona fides and restrained promises would be best suited in trying financial times. Parker, 53, will replace the term-limited Mayor Bill White on Jan. 1.


Her victory capped an unorthodox election season that lacked a strong conservative mayoral contender and saw her coalition of inside-the-Loop Democrats and moderate conservatives, backed by an army of ardent volunteers, win the day over Locke, a former civil rights activist who attempted to unite African-American voters and Republicans.


In complete but unofficial returns, Parker coasted to a comfortable victory with 52.8 percent of the vote to 47.2 percent for Locke. Turnout was 16.5 percent.

David G
12-13-2009, 01:35 PM
I, too, say Good On 'Em... if she's the right person for the job. It's really encouraging to see that - even in Texas - it's possible for a person to not be ruled out simply because of irrelevant fact of being homosexual. What is relevant is her competence.