Houston Mayor Annise Parker ties the knot with longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a private ceremony in Palm Springs, California.  

California recognizes same-sex unions.  Mayor Parker had previously said she would not marry until it became legal in Texas. 

Hubbard will not take part in Parker's new policy granting insurance options and other benefits to same-sex partners.  A lawsuit is pending against the new program, claiming it violates both the Texas Constitution and the City of Houston charter.

Parker and Hubbard reportedly chose January 16th as a wedding date, which marked the 23rd anniversary of their relationship