03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Anti-Gay Activists Trying To Derail Houston Mayoral Campaign

Gay-rights advocates, coming off stinging defeats of same-sex marriage legislation in New York and Maine, could get a boost this week in--of all places--deep red Texas.

With a small lead in the polls, openly gay Houston City Controller Annise Parker could win the city's mayoral race this weekend. A victory would put the Democrat in charge of the fourth-largest municipality in the country and make Houston by far the most populous city ever to elect an openly gay mayor. But to secure a win, Parker must beat back a last-ditch anti-gay campaign engineered by a Texas fundamentalist who is backing her opponent, African-American fellow Democrat Gene Locke.

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