Last week, Annise Parker took a few personal vacation days from her job as mayor of Houston, Texas to travel to California and marry her now-wife, Kathy Hubbard.
But in the cheapest of cheap shots -- the lowest of gutter-level politics -- knuckle-dragging Texas Republicans attacked, attempting to exploit the couple's wedding for political gain before the ink had even gone dry on their marriage license.
Houston Republican State Senator Dan Patrick, a conservative talk show host who's currently running for lieutenant governor, lashed out in a statement slamming Parker's marriage and her recent executive order extending domestic partner benefits to Houston city employees with same-sex spouses:
"I am not shocked that Mayor Parker decided to elope to California for a marriage that is unconstitutional in Texas. This is obviously part of a larger strategy of hers to turn Texas into California. She waited until after her November election to decree that the City of Houston will recognize same-sex marriages from other states. The Texas State Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman and Mayor Parker cannot change that. I fully support the lawsuit challenging Parker's edict and look forward to protecting conservative values as the next Lt. Governor."
Another local leader, Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill, intimated that Parker played politics with her wedding by waiting to marry until after she'd won re-election:
"I think it's all about her political agenda. She waited until after the election to do this for a reason, because she realized had she done it before the election and subjected herself to the will of the voters, she might not have been successful."
Yesterday, Mayor Parker finally hit back at her bigoted critics in an interview with KHOU 11 News. Her response? "Get over it."
Details after the jump.