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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Houston Elects First Openly Gay Mayor

Houston becomes the largest city in the country to have an openly gay mayor.

A lesbian candidate won Houston's mayoral election Saturday night, a vote that made the city the largest in the U.S. to ever have an openly gay mayor.

"This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better, and that's what my administration will be about," City Controller Annise Parker told supporters after former city attorney Gene Locke conceded defeat.

Parker got 53 percent of the vote. More than 152,000 residents turned out to cast ballots in the fourth largest U.S. city.

The race turned explosive as a couple of conservative and religious groups sent out mailers and other correspondences making an issue of Parker's sexuality.

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