Houston mayor Annise Parker has been sent between and 1, Bibles at her home, part of a bizarre protest effort orchestrated by Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, and with enthusiastic support from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. That quartet of geniuses claims that Parker, Houston's first openly gay mayor, is spearheading a sinister, very gay effort to shut down religious freedom, and that the only conceivable response is to pelt her with the Scripture. While Huckabee, Cruz, and the holy rollers who do whatever they say might insist this is a "freedom" issue, the truth is a little more complicated.
Parker, who served five years as city controller, beat former city attorney Gene Locke with Both are Democrats who faced off for the second time because neither emerged with more than 50 percent of the vote in the November 3 election. Parker's election also makes her the second woman to become mayor of Houston.
The American South in general remains a pocket of predominantly conservative Baptist and Evangelical Christian hegemony. Metropolitan areas display more diversity and pluralism as a result of foreign and domestic migration into the region, changes in religious affiliation, an increasing population choosing no religious affiliation, and the growing influence of popular culture on religious participation. These forces act within a paradigm of neosecularization in which personal conscience exerts more influence than religious authority.
Before she was first elected mayor inParker served on the City Council and as Houston controller. During her first mayoral term, she handled budget cuts without raising taxes, which Jones said earned her respect from conservative and centrist voters. Republicans dominate the suburbs surrounding Houston.
In what would seem a milestone for the "topsy-turvy" gay-rights movement, city controller Annise Parker, a lesbian, has been elected mayor of Houston — the largest U. Parker, 56 — who has two children with her longtime partner — beat fellow Democrat Gene Locke, 61, a black lawyer, by a healthy margin in a year when liberal Maine and New York rejected gay marriage. How did she do it and what does it really mean?
Annise Parker made headlines across the United States and around the world in when she became the first openly LGBT person elected mayor of a major U. But having been first elected to city council inshe was no stranger to Houstonians. The out politician spent 12 years as a city councilwoman and city controller before winning the top job and serving three consecutive terms as mayor.
Nancy S. MorrisUniversity of Miami Follow. The American South in general remains a pocket of predominantly conservative, Baptist and Evangelical Christian hegemony; however, metropolitan areas of the South display more diversity and pluralism as a result of foreign and domestic migration into the region, changes in religious affiliation, an increasing population choosing no religious affiliation, and the growing influence of popular culture on religious participation.
How much does being openly LGBT really hurt a campaign? For Annise Parker, Houston City Controller, the potential challenges being openly gay present her do not outweigh the benefits of living her life honestly. Parkerlesbian mom of two little girls with her partner Kathy, is running for mayor of Houston, Texas. As Parker points out in her interview with GayPoliticsthat what matters are her 11 and a half years of experience, her honesty, her dedication and her practical nature.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is openly lesbian, gave a rousing speech on bridge building and community service this past weekend at a statewide LGBT education conference hosted by Equality North Carolina in Greensboro, N. InParker became the city controller. I was most vocal as a civic activist.
Annise Parker, 53, currently city controller, beat fellow Democrat Gene Locke, in a closely-fought and sometimes ugly run-off battle. She will now run the city of 2. Miss Parker had neither hidden nor made an issue of her sexual orientation in the race, but it moved to centre stage after conservative groups endorsed Mr Locke. Some 35, flyers were distributed with a picture of Miss Parker and Miss Hubbard alongside the question: "Is this the image Houston wants to portray?