Despite making a pledge to only marry once same-sex marriage became legal in Texas, Houston mayor Annise Parker married her longtime partner of 23 years, Kathy Hubbard, in Palm Springs last night. It was their 23rd anniversary.
“This is a very happy day for us,” Parker said in a statement. “We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other. Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship.”
Late yesterday evening, Parker officially announced her new marital status on Twitter:
I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades. I couldn’t be happier. We said our vows today.-A
— Annise Parker (@anniseparker) January 17, 2014
According to reports, the small ceremony was held at sunset and attended by a small group of family and friends, including former state District Judge Steve Kirkland and City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen.
“It’s wonderful,” Cohen told The Houston Chronicle. “They’ve demonstrated a commitment to each other over all these years. How marvelous it is that they can look forward to a long life together as a married couple. I’m very happy for them.”
Best of luck to the happy couple!
[Photo: Richard Hartog, City of Houston]