Five Out Gay Nominees Confirmed to High-Ranking Government Posts

Five Obama nominees were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to several high-ranking government posts.

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John Berry was confirmed as ambassador to Australia, Rufus Gifford was confirmed as ambassador to Denmark, James Costos was confirmed as ambassador to Spain, and Daniel Baer was confirmed as ambassador to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The Washington Blade adds:

Another openly gay nominee was also confirmed for a non-ambassadorial post. Stuart Delery, was confirmed as assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at the Justice Department after having served in an acting capacity in that role.

Delery had represented the Obama administration at the district and appellate court level during oral arguments and contended Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act should be struck down.

The Blade also notes that two gay nominees are still pending:

One pending gay nominee yet to be confirmed by the Senate is Todd Hughes, who was appointed for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported out his nomination last week. Upon confirmation, he’ll become the first openly gay person to serve on a federal appeals court.

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Another openly gay ambassadorial not yet confirmed by the Senate is James “Wally” Brewster, who was nominated as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has yet to hold a confirmation hearing for him.

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  1. Good news.

    Posted by: Red | Aug 3, 2013 6:16:05 AM


  2. Appointments to largely ceremonial, powerless positions that Obama is making to try and compensate for the fact that he has never appointed a single openly gay individual to any position of significance in his Administration in his 5+ years in office.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 3, 2013 12:09:41 PM


  3. Thank you Mr. Obama for continuing to be the best friend gay people have ever had in the White House. Elections do matter!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 3, 2013 1:55:15 PM


  4. Rick- A republican administration would demote gay people, so be happy negative Nancy.

    Posted by: ty | Aug 3, 2013 2:24:02 PM


  5. Delery is no champion of civil rights for Gays, even though he is Gay himself. He is what used to be called a capo in the concentration camps during WWII (Jews who sold out other Jews in exchange for preferential treatment from the Nazis). He sold out Gay people back in 2008-2009 when he threw the Cook case (challenging DADT) in return for a bribe, i.e., a high-ranking position (Chief of Staff to the Deputy AG; later Senior Counselor to Eric Holder) from Obama. Delery then repeatedly committed perjury when questioned about the bribe. For example, Delery said he couldn't remember who hired him to the DOJ job. In his capacities at DOJ, including acting AAG for the Civil Division, Delery also enforced and supported legal discrimination against Gays. Delery also lied about a memo that he wrote for Obama legally sanctioning the assassination of Americans overseas.

    The Democratic internet trolls of course will come to Delery's defense and attack me personally, but the indisputable fact remains that Delery took a bribe, committed perjury, and wrote that memo. It's all confirmable in the record. For example, Delery's feigned amnesia of who hired him to the DOJ is contained in the official transcript of his deposition.

    Delery is the biggest scumbag a person can be.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Aug 3, 2013 2:45:33 PM


  6. Delery is no champion of civil rights for Gays, even though he is Gay himself. He is what used to be called a capo in the concentration camps during WWII (Jews who sold out other Jews in exchange for preferential treatment from the Nazis). He sold out Gay people back in 2008-2009 when he threw the Cook case (challenging DADT) in return for a bribe, i.e., a high-ranking position (Chief of Staff to the Deputy AG; later Senior Counselor to Eric Holder) from Obama. Delery then repeatedly committed perjury when questioned about the bribe. For example, Delery said he couldn't remember who hired him to the DOJ job. In his capacities at DOJ, including acting AAG for the Civil Division, Delery also enforced and supported legal discrimination against Gays. Delery also lied about a memo that he wrote for Obama legally sanctioning the assassination of Americans overseas.

    The Democratic internet trolls of course will come to Delery's defense and attack me personally, but the indisputable fact remains that Delery took a bribe, committed perjury, and wrote that memo. It's all confirmable in the record. For example, Delery's feigned amnesia of who hired him to the DOJ is contained in the official transcript of his deposition.

    Delery is the biggest scumbag a person can be.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Aug 3, 2013 2:45:34 PM


  7. Delery is no champion of civil rights for Gays, even though he is Gay himself. He is what used to be called a capo in the concentration camps during WWII (Jews who sold out other Jews in exchange for preferential treatment from the Nazis). He sold out Gay people back in 2008-2009 when he threw the Cook case (challenging DADT) in return for a bribe, i.e., a high-ranking position (Chief of Staff to the Deputy AG; later Senior Counselor to Eric Holder) from Obama. Delery then repeatedly committed perjury when questioned about the bribe. For example, Delery said he couldn't remember who hired him to the DOJ job. In his capacities at DOJ, including acting AAG for the Civil Division, Delery also enforced and supported legal discrimination against Gays. Delery also lied about a memo that he wrote for Obama legally sanctioning the assassination of Americans overseas.

    The Democratic internet trolls of course will come to Delery's defense and attack me personally, but the indisputable fact remains that Delery took a bribe, committed perjury, and wrote that memo. It's all confirmable in the record. For example, Delery's feigned amnesia of who hired him to the DOJ is contained in the official transcript of his deposition.

    Delery is the biggest scumbag a person can be.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Aug 3, 2013 2:45:35 PM


  8. We get your point, Mr. Pietrangelo; so there was no need to post it 3 times.

    My concern is that gays may be appointed to such positions in countries where homophobia & anti-gay activity are rampant. Their lives may be more at risk than usual.

    Posted by: Sean Westmann | Aug 3, 2013 10:57:14 PM


  9. In the unlikely event that "Rick" is interested in knowing the facts and not just bomb throwing, Mr. Obama has nominated or appointed 268 openly LGBT people to government positions since taking office in 2009.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 4, 2013 5:22:00 PM


  10. Amazing news. Thank you Mr. President for being so inclusive.

    Posted by: Willie | Aug 4, 2013 5:42:03 PM


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