GLBT notables from D.C., Houston, California


With 53 percent of the vote, Annise Parker, Houston’s openly gay City Controller, has been elected the city’s next mayor. In her brief victory speech, she noted:

This election has changed the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, just as this election is about transforming Houstonians’ lives for the better.


Jesse McKinely reports in today’s New York Times about marketing firms whose services have been procured in recent elections where the question of equal marriage was on the line.

A few of the heavier hitters include companies Mar/Com Services Inc., Schubert Flint Public Affairs, and Criswell Associates – corporate monikers that apparently overlap, and some of which appear to run with post-office-box office operations.


Nancy Polikoff, a professor at the American University Washington College of Law, observes on that for Catholic Charities of D.C. and its archdiocese,

… it’s time for widespread acknowledgment that marriage equality in the District creates no justification for Catholic Charities to sever its contractual relationship with the city.

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