9% of Voters Elect Houston's New Gay Mayor
Houston biggest US city to elect openly gay mayor
Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker after a hotly contested runoff.
Parker defeated former city attorney Gene Locke with 53.6 percent of the vote Saturday in a race that had a turnout of only 16.5 percent.
Parker got 81,000 votes and the city has 60,000 gays and lesbians in it so that means most of the pro-homosexual votes got out and most of the 2.2 million "traditional votes" stayed home. Since Parker had previously run city wide for a lower post, conservatives saw this coming. Now comes the horrendous anti-family policies and appointments.
Christian Science Monitor reports "Houston chose Ms. Parker, the city controller, over Gene Locke, a former city attorney, with 53 percent of the vote. Yet, in the past, Houston has voted against extending benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of the city government. And Texas has outlawed gay marriage.
The distinction neatly sums up the American mood. As gays and lesbians become broadly accepted in society and politics, that acceptance is marked by a firm boundary beyond which voters do not yet appear willing to cross: same-sex marriage."
And it is Public Advocate's job to keep it that way. Gays and liberals may be elected to office but it is Public Advocate's job to oppose their wrongful policies.
CS Monitor link
Associated Press link