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Texas city elects openly gay mayor
Nine News ^ | December 14, 2009

Posted on 12/13/2009 12:56:30 PM PST by myknowledge

The southern city of Houston has become the largest US metropolis to elect an openly gay mayor when Annise Parker, an open lesbian, claimed a solid victory over her rival.

"I know what this win means to many of us who thought we could never achieve high office," she said in her victory speech, at which she introduced her partner Kathy and their three children, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"I understand, because I feel it, too. But now, from this moment, let us join as one community," said Parker, 53.

According to local election data, Democrat Parker won about 53 percent of the vote and opponent Gene Locke, also a Democrat, took 47 percent.

The population of the Texas city is about 2.2 million.

Throughout her campaign, Parker enjoyed the support of gay and lesbian political organizations nationwide, though she did not make her sexual orientation a key issue in the campaign.

Several smaller US cities already have openly gay mayors, including Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Parker has worked in the Houston city administration for the last 11 years -- first on the city council, and for the last five years as city controller.

She spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry before entering public service.


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Whoa. How could a city in one of America's conservative southern states ever elect an open lesbian, Annise Parker, as mayor of Houston?

Decades ago, there would have been no gay or lesbian in high offices like mayors in Texas.

This is how the people of Houston have become halfheartedly cold towards our Lord Jesus Christ. They have spat in his face.

1 posted on 12/13/2009 12:56:31 PM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

Wot, Jesus hates fags? I do love Christians who think that since God is Love, they have to do His hatin’ for Him.


2 posted on 12/13/2009 1:01:18 PM PST by Grut
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To: myknowledge

Considering Ms. Parker’s oppenent was another flaming liberal, what difference would it have made had that person won?


3 posted on 12/13/2009 1:02:11 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: myknowledge

GUILTY - on BOTH counts!

4 posted on 12/13/2009 1:22:50 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: pnh102

This election was much like the past Presidential election....no real candidates to vote for. McCain/Obama.....Locke/Parker. Locke would have been a financial disaster for Houston. I just hope Houston does not become like San Francisco with Parker as Mayor.


5 posted on 12/13/2009 1:24:28 PM PST by agondonter
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To: myknowledge

How about the title in the title?

Texas city elects openly gay mayor


6 posted on 12/13/2009 1:29:59 PM PST by restornu (Atonement; Christ doesnt just make up the difference. He makes all the difference. ~ Brad Wilcox)
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To: myknowledge

Why does gay/normal matter? What matters is if the person is sensible in the head, or a raving liberal. I would not vote for a raving liberal no matter who he/she/it sleeps with.


7 posted on 12/13/2009 1:42:35 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: myknowledge

Where in the world did you ever hear that Houston is conservative??? Or Texas inparticular??


8 posted on 12/13/2009 1:42:50 PM PST by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: Grut

Isn’t that the truth? Jesus would weep


9 posted on 12/13/2009 1:43:41 PM PST by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: agondonter

Gays, Mexicans and Gay Mexicans?


10 posted on 12/13/2009 1:43:43 PM PST by John Will
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To: myknowledge

Houston is very liberal.


11 posted on 12/13/2009 1:44:22 PM PST by Kent1957
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To: myknowledge

There is a coalition that can elect such people. Break down the demographics of those supporting her.


12 posted on 12/13/2009 1:48:20 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: myknowledge

Who gives an Obama about whether or not she’s gay? That should not even be a headline. Only weak-minded “journalists” with a mind-spectrum consisting of two colors would give a care.

Now, if she’s a liberal, I f*rt in her general direction. And if she’s a lib, she’ll f*art in the general direction of Houston.

They’ll soon learn.


13 posted on 12/13/2009 1:51:10 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Grut

Hate has nothing to do with it. It is a matter of judgment, which homosexuals, by their very lifestyles, lack. Period.

Houston, you have a problem. You’ll be sooooooooooooorry!


14 posted on 12/13/2009 1:52:34 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: myknowledge
though she did not make her sexual orientation a key issue in the campaign.

When you bring Barney Franks in to fund raise, you have made it an issue.

15 posted on 12/13/2009 1:53:52 PM PST by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers will not support.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

And you think someone, anyone, can be considered “sensible” if they do not know what their own body parts are for? If they openly hate biology and live their own reality? That defies logic.


16 posted on 12/13/2009 1:54:48 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: myknowledge
Houston and Austin have no business being in Texas, frankly. They'd be more at home in Maine or California.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

17 posted on 12/13/2009 2:03:29 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Kent1957

Not as liberal as Austin.

Houston is over 50% Mexican.....so of course it’s now a liberal city. It’s all the foreigners (Mexico, California, New York, Michigan, etc.) that make it liberal. Native anglo Houstonians are conservative.


18 posted on 12/13/2009 2:07:58 PM PST by agondonter
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To: John Will

Poor Sam has rolled in his grave some much they should tie a generator to him.

Houston long fell from being a “TEXAS” city and instead is more like Juarez, Michigan.


19 posted on 12/13/2009 2:08:43 PM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: The Comedian
Houston and Austin have no business being in Texas, frankly

Austin is a great city and I am proud to call it my home.

20 posted on 12/13/2009 2:12:35 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: myknowledge

This is not a historical moment, but is rather more a hysterical moment. Kathy Whitmire elected as Mayor of Houston in the 90’s was a member of Houston’s LGB elitist league. The libs are just hysterical that they won something in the face of what they know is to come.


21 posted on 12/13/2009 2:14:44 PM PST by RowdyFFC (The opinion of a wise Welshtino woman...)
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To: myknowledge

She apparently has been in city government for a long time and her opponent was black at a time when Obama’s popularity is in the dumps. I’m not claiming cause and effect but race probably did play a part.


22 posted on 12/13/2009 2:16:13 PM PST by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Grut
I do love Christians who think that since God is Love, they have to do His hatin’ for Him.

It is remarkable to me as well how many people don't think gays/lesbians should be allowed to pursue gainful employment. I always witnessed the self-proclaimed "tolerant" leftist discriminating against Christians and conservatives in education, law and other fields. Hard to accept that on a freedom loving conservative forum we have people who are so disdainful. If she were a jihadi, that would be something to be concerned with. This mayor is a liberal. She will govern as a liberal just as a straight liberal would and the city will be as poorly run as Portland, LA, and SF.

23 posted on 12/13/2009 2:17:41 PM PST by MovementConservative (Go Ducks! Crush the Buckeyes!)
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To: MovementConservative

I do not hate homosexuals, however I do not want ANYONE lacking moral clarity or integrity to be in positions of leadership. WHERE ARE THE LEADERS WITH INTEGRITY??


24 posted on 12/13/2009 2:22:46 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: myknowledge; Grut
God hates fags so I don't have to.
25 posted on 12/13/2009 2:26:34 PM PST by KarinG1 (We're getting pretty fed up with this terrorism crap in Texas.)
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To: myknowledge
I am sorry I haven't been following this ... but why were two democrats the only ones to vote for?
26 posted on 12/13/2009 2:38:23 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Doe Eyes
Austin is a great city and I am proud to call it my home.

I don't live far from Austin myself. Or at least not far enough.

Politically, it is a blue city with an Obama-loving Mayor and an entire underclass of leftist students and illegal alien lovers.

I am not saying everyone who lives in Austin deserves to die. I'm only stating the fact that the majority of Austin dwellers is too liberal to fit within the Rebpulic of Texas.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

27 posted on 12/13/2009 2:50:54 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Grut

I don’t hate homosexuals - but neither do I understand the impulse by many to indulge and celebrate, rather than cure, this particular form of mental disorder.

I don’t hate schizophrenics, either - but I’d question the motivations and good sense of anyone who promoted “Schizophrenic Pride” Parades or insisted that people should embrace the affliction as healthy and tolerable.

Hank


28 posted on 12/13/2009 2:52:49 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball (Where's the diversity on MSNBC? Olbermann, Schultz, Matthews, Maddow.....all white males!)
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To: Grut

God does not hate them, He Hates their Sin. For us to vote for one of them is saying we like you, but will wink at your Sin and its Ok for you to be in charge. I think not.


29 posted on 12/13/2009 2:53:33 PM PST by easternsky
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To: TexasFreeper2009
This was a run off. Houston started with a Liberal Lesbian, a Liberal Loony, a Liberal Lawyer and an Hispanic conservative with no money and an unknown name.

The Lawyer and the Lesbian made the run off.

30 posted on 12/13/2009 2:54:51 PM PST by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers will not support.)
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To: Kent1957

I lived in Houston. Houston is NOT liberal, at least compared to the Northeast.


31 posted on 12/13/2009 3:13:48 PM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than three years now -- But I think about it every day.)
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To: The Comedian
I'm only stating the fact that the majority of Austin dwellers is too liberal to fit within the Rebpulic of Texas.

Its certainly not the place for Conservatives that desire to only come in contact with people that live and think exactly like they do.

The main problem with Austin is it has way too many people here already, so please feel free to stay out.

32 posted on 12/13/2009 3:19:40 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: myknowledge

Whoa. How could a city in one of America’s conservative southern states ever elect an open lesbian, Annise Parker, as mayor of Houston?


Haven’t been around Houston in say the last 10 years have you?


33 posted on 12/13/2009 3:22:52 PM PST by deport (80 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: Doe Eyes
Its certainly not the place for Conservatives that desire to only come in contact with people that live and think exactly like they do.

Conservatives who live in places ruled by liberals are forced to abide by liberal policies. You don't just "come in contact" with the liberals, they tell you how to live your life and have the authority to enforce their liberal laws.

34 posted on 12/13/2009 3:27:44 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: malkee

Houston we have a problem


35 posted on 12/13/2009 3:28:42 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Prokopton
You don't just "come in contact" with the liberals, they tell you how to live your life and have the authority to enforce their liberal laws.

What laws are you speaking of?

I don't feel any more oppressed here in Austin than I do in any other city in America I have lived in or travelled to.

36 posted on 12/13/2009 3:39:44 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: Doe Eyes; The Comedian
Austin is a great city and I am proud to call it my home.

As is Houston ...

F the Haters

37 posted on 12/13/2009 3:41:10 PM PST by tx_eggman (Obama has "Czars" because men with more integrity than he has still use the titles "Don" and "Capo")
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To: myknowledge

My understanding is that this woman has been involved and influential in city politics for many years, earned her stripes, so to speak, so her political credentials were more important than her lifestyle to voters. And she had an opponent who was even worse.

Keep in mind that there are pockets in every governmental jurisdiction that go against the norm. Inner city Houston isn’t the same demographically or politically as its suburbs or as the rest of the state.

Remember that Houston also gave us Sheila Jackson Lee. Enough said?


38 posted on 12/13/2009 3:45:15 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: dragnet2

Why do you say that?


39 posted on 12/13/2009 3:45:58 PM PST by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than three years now -- But I think about it every day.)
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To: pnh102

“Considering Ms. Parker’s oppenent was another flaming liberal, what difference would it have made had that person won?”

One difference: They wouldnt have been able to tout this ‘milestone’.


40 posted on 12/13/2009 4:03:29 PM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: Doe Eyes

Austin leans very liberal.
mayor Leffingwell is a self-described leftist.
The whole city council is either liberal or crazed moonbat leftist.
There are no conservatives in power in Austin.
Too many tarrytown liberals who run the city.
the suburbs have no voice nor influence and conservatives get shamed into silence and conformity. Sad state of PC politics today.

Once cities get too liberal, they just keel over and their politics gets crazy. Its sad to see formerly sane cities go over the tipping point.


41 posted on 12/13/2009 4:12:16 PM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: WOSG

Also, Parker’s opponent was supported by many Republicans...at leats there was a chance he would be beholden to the big money that came from his GOP backers....Parker, on the other hand, is not.


42 posted on 12/13/2009 4:17:26 PM PST by Def Conservative (Obama is a joke.)
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To: Doe Eyes

“You don’t just “come in contact” with the liberals, they tell you how to live your life and have the authority to enforce their liberal laws.”
“What laws are you speaking of?
I don’t feel any more oppressed here in Austin than I do in any other city in America I have lived in or travelled to. “

Hey Doe Eyes, aside from the smoking ban, high taxes, ban on burning our yard leaves, making us get an audit before we can sell a house as part of a crazy ‘green’ scam, and the gazillion hoops you have to go through to remodel your house, the numerous burdens on small business, the Domain subsidies scam and the games with property appraisals to rip us off, and the funding of day laborer sites and abortions with our taxes, and the Mexican Cultural center $50 million and music channel and other ‘cultural’ boondoggles, having a music bureaucrat on the payroll, putting us in debt to buy up millions of acres of Travis, all while underfunding police and using Austin Energy as a big slush fund for stupid ideas like a $2 billion ‘green energy’ wood chip burning plant and other scams to double our energy bills in the name of ‘green energy’ ... other than that, it’s just a normal over-taxed over-liberal PC city.

If it doesnt feel more oppressive than other cities, that’s only because liberals ruin most of the other ones too.

Austin is a great city, which would only be improved if the Austin city council was permanently removed and replaced by 7 lawn ornaments. Second runner-up is to have single-member districts so the rest of Austin could actually get a voice against the lunacy.


43 posted on 12/13/2009 4:21:41 PM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: Def Conservative

Ah, ‘beholden’ as in actually not screw the business community to the wall like most cities do (to the point where business just ups and flees) ... so do avoid that, Houston went full bore for the greater of two evils. How special!


44 posted on 12/13/2009 4:24:06 PM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: myknowledge
Wellllll, there goes the Sister City relationship with Kampala!
45 posted on 12/13/2009 4:24:33 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (State Dept: "North Korea broke 742 agreements with the USA. But trust us! THIS time its different!")
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To: Def Conservative

Also, Parker’s opponent was supported by many Republicans...


I’ve read that the business interest supported him but it seems to me that there was very little interest across the board in Houston with only 16.5% of the voters turning out. Less than 10% of the registered voters had they been united behind a less liberal candidate would have won the election in a walk.


46 posted on 12/13/2009 4:24:57 PM PST by deport (80 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: DallasSun

Nearly all, if not all, big U.S. cities are leftist, and, even when the GOP did win any political races in big U.S. cities, they were usually RINOs.


47 posted on 12/13/2009 4:26:34 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: dragnet2

The next election cycle for Mayor hopefully will include a conservative candidate that uses “Houston, we have a problem!” as a slogan for their campaign. I just also hope that the entertainment world doesn’t sue them because of it.


48 posted on 12/13/2009 4:38:46 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Doe Eyes; tx_eggman
Its certainly not the place for Conservatives that desire to only come in contact with people that live and think exactly like they do.

The main problem with Austin is it has way too many people here already, so please feel free to stay out.

Wow, you totally missed the point, and then went personal on my butt.

1) Austin as currently comprised does not harmonize with the rest of conservative Texas. This has nothing to do with "desiring to come in contact" with a homogenious population. The problem is, the collectivists in Austin INFLUENCE MY LIFE. It has nothing to do with free association. They're control freaks and deviants, and I want them out of my wallet, my electorate, and my life.

2) Austin does not have "too many people". It has too many of the wrong kind of people who make terrible decisions about what to spend their stolen money on.

Clear your head, get out of the city, and try living in *real* Texas for a while.

Or stay in the collectivist hippie commune that has taken over our capitol, it's up to you.

BTW I don't *hate* Austin. I love the town. I shop there almost every weekend. It's the creepy "Texans for Obama" 60% of its population I have a beef with.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

49 posted on 12/13/2009 4:40:25 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: The Comedian
I want them out of my wallet, my electorate, and my life.

Unless you live in Austin, we are not in your wallet.

Austin does not have "too many people".

My opinion is primarily based on the traffic.

Clear your head, get out of the city, and try living in *real* Texas for a while.

I spent the first 25 years of my life in Odessa and Lubbock.

50 posted on 12/13/2009 4:48:09 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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