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Houston’s former lesbian mayor has perfect response to Ann Coulter tweet

Houston’s former lesbian mayor has perfect response to Ann Coulter tweet

Former Houston mayor Annise Parker

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter continues to get blasted for her homophobic comments regarding Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston.

The Huffington Post Queer Voices reported that this weekend saw the best response yet – from the person Coulter was attacking in her initial tweet.

On 28 August, Coulter tweeted it was more believable to think that God sent Harvey to devastate Houston as punishment for electing a lesbian mayor than to blame it on climate change.

On Saturday (2 September), Annise Parker, the elected official in question, responded to the right-wing pundit with a sarcastic tweet that she had the power to control the weather.

Parker, who is currently teaching at Rice University, served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016. She was one of the first openly LGBTI mayors of a major U.S. city.

After Parker tweeted her response, several of her followers had fun tweeting requests for improved weather and climate.

Several people compared Parker to Storm, the super-hero with the power to control weather from Marvel Comic’s X-Men series. One even included a Storm GIF.

While serving as mayor, Parker stirred controversy by authoring Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) which banned workplace and housing discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity. The city council approved HERO on an 11 to 6 vote.

However, HERO opponents collected enough signatures to put the ordinance on the ballot. In the November 2015 election, Houston voters repealed HERO by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent.

Prior to being mayor, Parker served on the Houston city council from 1997 to 2003. When she was termed out of the city council, she was elected the city controller, a position she held from 2003 to 2009.

Parker and her partner, Kathy Hubbard, have been a couple since 1990 and were married in Palm Springs, California in January 2014.