Houston became the more good U.S. burghal to accept an aboveboard gay mayor, with voters handing a solid achievement to Burghal Controller Annise Parker afterwards a hotly contested runoff.Several added U.S. cities, including Portland, Ore., Providence, R.I., and Cambridge, Mass., accept aboveboard gay mayors, but none are as ample as Houston.This acclamation has afflicted the apple for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better, and that's what my administering will be about," Parker told supporters afterwards her opponent, Gene Locke, conceded defeat.Parker's achievement comes afterwards several setbacks for gay rights activists. New York assembly beforehand this ages alone a bill that would accept fabricated their accompaniment the sixth to acquiesce gay marriage. In November, Maine voters repealed the Legislature's access of a accompaniment law acceptance same-sex alliance there.Parker, 53, has never fabricated a abstruse or an affair of her animal orientation. But it became the focus of the chase afterwards anti-gay activists and bourgeois religious groups accustomed Locke and beatific out mailers accusatory Parker's "homosexual behavior."