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Senate Finally Confirms Pro-LGBT Ambassador To El Salvador

AponteMariYou may recall that last December Republican senators blocked the confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte, an Ambassador to El Salvador picked by Obama, because of a pro-LGBT editorial Aponte wrote in an Salvadoran newspaper in 2010.

"[Aponte's] decision to publish an opinion piece hostile to the culture of El Salvadorans presents even more doubts about her fitness for the job. This op-ed upset a large number of community and pro-life groups in El Salvador who were insulted by Ms. Aponte’s rhetoric," said Sen. Jim DeMint at the time about Aponte's op-ed, in which she insisted "homophobia and brutal hostility are often based on lack of understanding about what it truly means to be gay or transgender."

Well, the Washington Blade today reports that Aponte has finally been confirmed.

The U.S. Senate broke an impasse on Thursday to confirm a U.S. ambassador to El Salvador who had previously been denied the position in part of because of a pro-gay editorial she wrote in one of the country’s newspapers.

The Senate confirmed Mara Carmen Aponte, a D.C. lawyer and activist, to the role by voice vote after senators voted 62-37 to cut off debate on her nomination.

All Senate Democrats voted “yes” on cloture for her nomination. Republicans who joined them were Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Sen. Harry Reid applauded the decision, saying, "During her recess appointment, Ambassador Aponte was an outspoken advocate for American values and democracy, and a staunch supporter of U.S. private enterprise." The Blade also reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally called senators and urged them to back the confirmation.

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  1. ALL Senate democrats voted yes on cloture to move on her appointment. Only 9 republicans joined them . Take note LGBT folks who think that there is no difference between the political parties. Remember this vote in November.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 14, 2012 9:38:58 PM


  2. ALL Senate democrats voted yes on cloture to move on her appointment. Only 9 republicans joined them . Take note LGBT folks who think that there is no difference between the political parties. Remember this vote in November.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 14, 2012 9:39:04 PM


  3. ALL Senate democrats voted yes on cloture to move on her appointment. Only 9 republicans joined them . Take note LGBT folks who think that there is no difference between the political parties. Remember this vote in November.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 14, 2012 9:39:05 PM


  4. Although her points in the editorial were correct, she is clearly an idiot. It's not the role of an Ambassador (or one who aspires to be) to be lecturing the country on anything -- no matter how correct she may have been.

    It's the same sort of wise decision-making that Bradley Manning used when he decided to become an activist after he enrolled in the military.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jun 14, 2012 9:46:33 PM


  5. Really LincolnLounger? You are going to take talking points from Jim DeMint? In the editorial she was championing El Salvador's policies to protect LGBT rights. NOT "lecturing" the Salvadorean government on the issue. No wonder that the Salvadorean government saluted the vote to confirm her today.

    Posted by: Andrés Duque | Jun 14, 2012 10:35:28 PM


  6. Really LincolnLounger? You are going to take talking points from Jim DeMint? In the editorial she was championing El Salvador's policies to protect LGBT rights. NOT "lecturing" the Salvadorean government on the issue. No wonder that the Salvadorean government saluted the vote to confirm her today.

    Posted by: Andrés Duque | Jun 14, 2012 10:35:30 PM


  7. Really LincolnLounger? You are going to take talking points from Jim DeMint? In the editorial she was championing El Salvador's policies to protect LGBT rights. NOT "lecturing" the Salvadorean government on the issue. No wonder that the Salvadorean government saluted the vote to confirm her today.

    Posted by: Andrés Duque | Jun 14, 2012 10:35:30 PM


  8. LincolnLounger, clearly you are an idiot.

    Posted by: TBD | Jun 14, 2012 11:29:07 PM


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