“voters gave a solid victory to the city controller, Annise Parker” reported on the front page of the NYTs today. Parker overcame a smear campaign because she is lesbian and becomes mayor of the 4th largest city in the country. Annise, who is raising three adopted children with her partner Kathy Hubbard, never made her sexuality an issue in her campaign. Her opposition of course thought they could defeat her by vilifying her for who she is. In her acceptance speech Parker said “I know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office.”