Houston Mayor, An Open Lesbian, Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Mayor Annise Parker, a lesbian whose partner held a family Bible for her in 2010 when she was sworn in, welcomes a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, but says the "fight is not over."

Parker's election in 2009 made Houston the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.

The court ruled Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act unfairly prevents legally married gay couples from receiving federal benefits.

Parker says the 5-4 decision is "a huge step forward, but this fight is not over."

She says in a statement she hopes the ruling will lead to greater acceptance and tolerance, and "ultimately to full equality."

The court on Wednesday also paved the way for gay marriage to proceed in California.

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