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Watch: Biden Swears in Gay NZ - Samoa Ambassador David Huebner


Vice President Joe Biden swore in openly gay ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner on Friday. Huebner is the third openly gay man to hold an ambassador post. James Hormel was the first, to Luxembourg during the Clinton administration, and Michael Guest was the second, to Romania under George W. Bush.

Watch the ceremony, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And Clinton appointed Robert Farmer as an out U.S. consul general to Bermuda from 1994 to 1999.

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Dec 7, 2009 3:31:40 PM

  2. George W. Bush also appointed openly gay Mark Dybul as an Ambassador, so Huebner would be the fourth, not third.

    Posted by: scott | Dec 7, 2009 5:00:42 PM

  3. Yea, but who is the hottie holding the book in that photo?

    Posted by: Seven | Dec 7, 2009 5:38:10 PM

  4. Isn't it kind of annoying that George W. Bush was actually much more progressive with his ambassadorial appointments than Obama is being? A gay ambassador to New Zealand is hardly even worth mentioning. New Zealand is very accepting of gay people. Appointing Guest to Romania is genuinely progressive because Romania's track records on human rights is almost uniformly terrible especially when it comes to gay rights and acceptance.

    I know Obama fucked us over, and tries to disguise it with silly platitudes and words, but I never imagined I would ever say that Bush II was -more- progressive on any gay issue.

    Also, Mark Dybul was never appointed as an ambassador to any country. He was in charge of PEPFAR, right?

    Posted by: DavyG | Dec 7, 2009 8:03:05 PM

  5. Couldn't the President have taken the 90 seconds out of his day it would have taken to swear this guy in? Does he even know that this appointment is being used by his apologists as evidence he's not completely indifferent to the queers?

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 7, 2009 11:05:22 PM

  6. If the idiot haters on this thread knew anything about how the State Department worked, they'd realize that Michael Guest was a career foreign service officer and as such was not "appointed" as ambassador as a political favor, but because he had worked his way up through the Foreign Service. They'd also realize that the President almost never personally swears in ambassadors; that's the Secretary of State's job.

    In fact, Michael Guest resigned in 2007 to protest the anti-gay personnel policies of the Bush Administration and served on the Obama transition team. He was instrumental in creating the most expansive partnership benefits yet for gay FSOs, benefits that would never have been granted under the Bush administration.

    So please, Obama haters - do some basic research before you start your bitching.

    Posted by: gu senior | Dec 7, 2009 11:50:25 PM

  7. Here's a link with further descriptions of the event. And it will tell you who the 'hottie' holding the book is.


    Posted by: Charlie | Dec 8, 2009 11:41:40 AM

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