Same-sex couples lined up at the Harris County District Clerk's Office today to request marriage licenses. Activists do this each year during National Freedom to Marry week. Mayor Parker, who is gay, chairs Mayors for Marriage Equality, a group of mayors from 80 large American cities who support marriage equality.
"It's not something that came from the GLBT community; this is something that came because these courageous mayors realized it was important for their constituents and it was the right thing to do," Mayor Parker said.
In November 2005, voters approved the Texas Marriage Amendment. That amendment defined marriage in the Texas constitution as the union of one man and one woman.