1. Houston Mayor Annise Parker tied the knot with her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, last week.
Parker’s election in 2009 made Houston the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor. She has since been re-elected twice, winning again in both 2011 and 2013.
2. The small wedding took place in Palm Springs, Calif. as their home state of Texas has a constitutional ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.
4. Jared Woodfill, the chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, stated it was all about her political agenda:
She waited until after the election to do this for a reason, because she realized had she done it before the election and subjected herself to the will of the voters, she might not have been successful […] First and foremost, she issues her unlawful same sex benefits to couples married in other states. Then she goes to California, a state that recognizes same sex marriage, and gets married there. Then she gives her city attorney a 43-percent pay raise.
6. When Parker was asked about Patrick’s comments in an interview with KHOU 11 News, she responded:
Dan Patrick’s running a political campaign. And he wants to make the gay community a whipping boy in that political campaign. And he thought I was an appropriate target. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And I don’t think that’s unusual.
8. Mayor Parker to all the haters:
- U.S. Republican presidential candidates debated in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday's primary, and the gloves were off 🇺🇸
- North Korea launched a rocket that the country said was carrying a satellite, but which some critics believe was a way to test prohibited missile technology.
- Beyoncé dropped a new song and video called "Formation". She's performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday 👑🐝