Houston Mayor Annise Parker tied the knot with her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, on Thursday, January 16.
The couple of twenty-three years were married in Palm Springs, California, where same-sex marriage is legal and there is a large LGBT community.
“This is a very happy day for us,” said Parker, who was recently sworn in for a third term as mayor.
“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.”
It was originally reported that Parker and Hubbard weren’t going to get married until they could do so in their home state of Texas; however, Parker announced their newlywed status via her Twitter page:
I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades. I couldn’t be happier. We said our vows today.-A
— Annise Parker (@anniseparker) January 17, 2014
The Houston Chronicle reported that in November Parker announced that Houston will be extending health and life insurance benefits to the spouses (gay or straight) of any city employee.
According to a statement made by the city of Houston, Hubbard will not be covered under the city’s health and life insurance option herself, as she already has a cohesive healthcare plan.