After a private swearing-in ceremonyover the weekend, Annise Parker was publicly sworn in as Houston's mayor earlier this morning. Parker was elected to the mayor's office in a decisive and historic win in a special run-off election only three weeks ago. The nation's fourth largest city now becomes the largest with an out gay or lesbian mayor. Watch the public inauguration WHEN YOU JUMP.
Meanwhile: One of the nation's leading evangelical pastors offered supportive words to counter the hateful anti-gay message from Westboro Baptist Church. "In stark contrast to a handful of protesters outside brandishing signs invoking the name of God together with anti-gay slurs, Lakewood Church Senior Pastor Joel Osteen gave thanks in an opening prayer for 'raising up' Parker. 'We honor her today and other elected officials,' he said."