Four Gay Nominees Confirmed By Senate As U.S. Ambassadors!
Thursday was a big day!! The U.S. Senate confirmed four openly gay nominees to ambassadorial posts around the world--and they did it without any opposition!
The Senate confirmed John Berry to serve as the ambassador to Australia — the first out gay ambassador to a G-20 country — on a voice vote Thursday, along with three other out gay ambassadorial nominees: Rufus Gifford as ambassador to Denmark, James Costos as ambassador to Spain and Daniel Baer (pictured) to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Also confirmed on a voice vote was Stuart Delery, a senior Justice Department official who is gay and argued for the Obama administration in court that the Defense of Marriage Act should be struck down as unconstitutional, to serve as assistant attorney general for the Civil Division.
“Today the U.S. Senate confirmed five highly qualified nominees to important posts who happen to be gay,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
“It is a testament to President Obama and the U.S. Senate that the sexual orientation of these nominees was irrelevant to their qualifications for their posts, as it should be. All Americans should be proud to have these fine public servants representing the interests of the United States,” Griffin added.
One out nominee for an ambassadorship whose nomination has sparked some controversy in the country where he is to serve — James “Wally” Brewster’s nomination to serve as ambassador the the Dominican Republic — was not among the several ambassadorial nominations approved Thursday night.
Congratulations to the four new U.S. Ambassadors and to Stuart Delery for his assistant attorney general post!