Mayor Parker marries long-time partner in private Calif. ceremony

Published On: Jan 16 2014 09:00:06 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 17 2014 02:35:23 PM CST

Mayor Annise Parker and her long-time partner married in a sunset ceremony in Palm Springs, Calif., according to the mayor's office.

Mayor Parker and Kathy Hubbard exchanged vows Thursday evening during a private ceremony amongst family and friends, including Hubbard's sister and Parker's mother.

Mayor Parker and the first lady chose January 16 for their wedding because it marks the 23rd anniversary of their lives together.

“This is a very happy day for us,” said Mayor Parker.  “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. She is the love of my life and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life married to her.”

Mayor Parker's office says the first lady has other insurance options available to her and will not participate in the new policy granting city health insurance benefits to the spouses of legally-married city employees.