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Houston elects openly gay mayor

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---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 2.2 million people, the fourth largest in the United States after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

"This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community," said Miss Locke, who has been with her partner Kathy Hubbard since 1990 and has two adopted children, after the results were announced.

"Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better, and that's what my administration will be about."

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 35,000 flyers were distributed with a picture of Miss Parker and Miss Hubbard alongside the question: "Is this the image Houston wants to portray?"

Dave Wilson, the long-time anti-gay activist who sent out the fliers, said: "There's a cultural war going on in our society today. I feel that homosexual behaviour is an affront to the family values of one man-one woman, and homosexual behaviour, to any society that's embraced it, has led to the extinction of that society."
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