Houston Mayor Annise Parker and
longtime partner Kathy Hubbard tied the knot on Thursday in Palm
In attendance at the sunset wedding
were Parker's mother and Hubbard's sister.
“I am privileged to now be the wife
of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades,” Parker tweeted
to her more than 25,600 followers. “I couldn't be happier. We
said our vows today. -A”
Thursday marked the 23rd
anniversary of the beginning of the couple's relationship.
“This is a very happy day for us,”
said in a statement. “We have had to wait a very long time to
formalize our commitment to each other. Kathy has been by my side
for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my
political career and all of the other ups and downs and life events
that come with a committed relationship. She is the love of my life,
and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life married to her.”
Parker, who started her third and final
term as mayor in January, has previously stated that she would wait
to marry in Texas. However, during a recent National Press Club
address, Parker softened her stance.
“I am in a 23 year domestic partner
relationship and I've been looking forward to the opportunity in the
state of Texas to marry her,” Parker said. “May get tired of
waiting, if it goes on too long. I want to be young enough to
actually know who I'm marrying when I do it.”
Parker and Hubbard have two adopted
daughters, Daniela and Marquitta, and one foster son, Jovon Tyler.