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Australian Prime Minister brushes off snub to diplomat’s same-sex partner

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Australian ambassador to France Stephen Brady (right) and his partner Peter Stephens.
Ambassador Stephen Brady offered to resign after a disagreement involving Prime Minister Tony Abbott's reception at an airport tin Paris. [...]

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Report: Pope rejected gay French diplomat over displeasure with same-sex marriage in France

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Laurent Stéfanini
A French newspaper reports that Pope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is openly gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment. [...]

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Vatican mum on why France’s appointment of a gay diplomat has stalled

Friday, April 10, 2015
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
The Vatican has yet to approve the appointment of an openly gay French ambassador to the Holy See, prompting observers to interpret the silence as a rebuke of the man’s sexual orientation. [...]

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State Department to establish LGBT envoy to advocate for rights overseas

Friday, February 6, 2015
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The U.S. Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of LGBT people overseas. [...]

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Ted Osius III becomes first openly gay U.S. ambassador to East Asia

Thursday, December 11, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) administers the oath of office to Ambassador Ted Osius (right), with Osius' husband Clayton Bond holding the Bible.
As the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius is the seventh openly LGBT person named as an ambassador under the Obama administration. [...]

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OSCE Ambassador Daniel Baer marries partner in Vienna

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Daniel Baer and Brian Walsh
Daniel Baer, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), married his partner Brian Walsh in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. Baer is the seventh openly LGBT person appointed by President Barack Obama and the first to a multilateral institution. [...]

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Obama nominates sixth openly gay diplomat to ambassador post

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Clayton A Bond (left) and Ted Osius with their son Theodore Alan Bond-Osius.
President Barack Obama has nominated Ted Osius as the next Ambassador to Vietnam, the White House has announced. [...]

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India political party leader says gay U.S. diplomats should be ‘arrested, punished’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Yashwant Sinha
NEW DELHI, India -- The leader of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday that India should “arrest and punish" U.S. diplomats in India who have “same sex companions” as same-sex acts is illegal in the country. [...]

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Senate confirms James ‘Wally’ Brewster as fifth openly LGBT ambassador

Friday, November 15, 2013
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic. [...]

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U.S. Senate conducts hearing for possible fifth openly LGBT ambassador

Friday, October 4, 2013
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday conducted a confirmation hearing on the appointment James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic. [...]

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