Out Houston Mayor Sworn In
- Annise Parker sworn in publicly
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Before a packed house of volunteers, supporters, and
elected officials, Mayor Annise Parker made history as the newest mayor for
the city of Houston.
The event was the culmination of a year of campaigning, two hard fought
elections, and a sprint to the inauguration finish line.
In a marked departure from the Bill White years, the event itself was held
indoors, a promise kept to Parker's mom, who wanted an inside event if her
daughter won. Nothing had to be said, but Parker's ascension to mayor has
grabbed headlines around the world. As the first openly gay mayor of a major
U.S. city, Parker's job will carry with it expectations beyond just running
a city well.
A crowd of well over a thousand gathered at the Wortham Theater for the
event. Parker's life partner, Kathy Hubbard, held the bible, and the crowd
burst into a standing ovation as soon as the short oath was over.
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