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(HOUSTON, TX) Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her long-time partner Kathy Hubbard tie the knot on Thursday in a sunset ceremony held at a private home in Palm Springs, Calif.

A small gathering of family and friends, including the mayor’s mother and Ms. Hubbard’s sister, were in attendance. The marriage performed by the Reverend Paul Fromberg, a family friend from San Francisco. Two other close friends from Houston, Judge Steve Kirkland and Mr. Mark Parthie, served as the attendants and formal witnesses.

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The couple selected January 16 for their wedding because it marks the 23rd anniversary of the start of their lives together.

Accoring to a release from the Mayor’s Office, Parker said, “This is a very happy day for us. 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 down 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.”

The marriage comes at a time with the Harris County Republican Party is challenging the Mayor’s decision to grant city health insurance benefits to the spouses of legally-married city employees. Ms. Hubbard has other insurance options available to her and will not apply for city benefits.

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