Houston Elects First Openly Gay Mayor

"Houston has become the largest US city to elect an openly gay mayor. Annise Parker, a Democrat and the current city controller, won 53.6% in the run-off election, beating former city attorney Gene Locke, a Republican. ""The voters of Houston have opened the door to history,"" Ms Parker told supporters following her victory. Campaigning ahead of the hotly contested vote in the Texan city, which has a population of 2.2 million people, was marked by anti-gay rhetoric. Anti-gay activists and conservative religious groups endorsed Mr Locke and sent out leaflets to residents condemning Ms Parkers ""homosexual behaviour"". "