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Australian Right-Winger Demands Resignation Of Gay U.S. Ambassador John Berry: VIDEO

RealjohnberryPeter Madden, a member of the Family First party in Tasmania and former Senate candidate, has called for the resignation of John Berry, the United States Ambassador to Australia. Berry (right), the former director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, secured the position in August after President Obama's June nomination.

As Towleroad previously reported, he is the first openly gay person to hold an ambassador position for a G-20 country.  

The Herald Sun reports on Madden's concerns:

Mr Berry, who is openly gay, introduced himself to the nation via a YouTube video last month in which he referred to his partner, Curtis Yee, as his spouse.

The couple have been together for 17 years and married in Washington DC in August.

But on Twitter, Mr Madden said Mr Berry's use of the term "spouse" was "a clear and deliberate contravention of Aus law".

The right-winger took to Twitter to vent his frustration early this morning:


Australia has not yet legalized same-sex marriage, a fact which, according to Madden, should be used to oust Berry from his position. Will Berry respond, or is this sort of rabble-rousing useless to fight back against? 

Watch the offending video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Can we all just ignore Peter Madden and his ilk? Please?

    He's a crazy troublemaker who thrives on public attention but consistently fails to actually win elections and get into parliament. Thank goodness the voters in my state of Tasmania were sensible enough not to elect him to the Senate three weeks ago.

    Ambassador Berry seems a really nice guy, I hope he enjoys his time in Australia!

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 1, 2013 8:04:54 PM

  2. family first party is a living breathing oxymoron and frankly they are all dicks of the highest degree. Racist, sexist, homophobic dicks

    Posted by: Tim doro | Oct 1, 2013 8:13:17 PM

  3. Where are all the posters that were up in arms about a minority, non-governmental group of fundamentalist Christians in the Dominican Republic expressing their distaste for a gay ambassador? Why aren't they showing up on this post condemn the entire nation for this man's views and painting the entire population with a homophobic brush?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 1, 2013 8:20:47 PM

  4. Quick googling suggests that another ignorant gay-hating (attempted) politician lied. Australian law says that a foreign marriage of two men (or two women) must not be recognized by Australia as a marriage. This does not make it illegal to refer to your husband as your "spouse" or "snookums" or "sweetie pie".

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Oct 1, 2013 8:40:04 PM

  5. As an aside, Mr. Berry is not the first gay ambassador appointed by a G-20 nation. He was appointed in the summer of 2013. Canada's ambassador to Iceland was appointed in September of 2012. Here's a link to a photo of him and his husband in the Iceland pride parade.

    Posted by: MikeMB | Oct 1, 2013 8:40:08 PM

  6. Never mind my comment above...I misread "to a G-20 country" as "by a G-20 country. Carry on.

    Posted by: MikeMB | Oct 1, 2013 8:45:08 PM

  7. Hey Perter Bigot, you don't tell the American government what to do. MYOFB parasite.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 1, 2013 8:56:04 PM

  8. Ugh. “My spouse.” Can’t he just say “my husband” ... ? “Spouse”, when self-referentially spoken, is the most stilted word in the language!

    Posted by: JCTSF | Oct 1, 2013 9:00:29 PM

  9. Of course, a diplomat is not subject to most laws of his or her target country, by international law.

    There are lots of Australians who call their same-sex partners "husband" or "wife", regardless of their legal status. This guy is out of step with his fellow Australians.

    Posted by: E. Carpenter | Oct 1, 2013 9:20:27 PM

  10. More googling leads to wikipedia where we find out that he has a porn and sex addiction that led to the break up of his first marriage.

    Posted by: Jamey | Oct 1, 2013 9:21:10 PM

  11. What will happen if an ambassador from Saudi Arabia brings all his wives to Australia?

    Posted by: simon | Oct 1, 2013 9:37:09 PM

  12. That's nonsense,I can't even begin to explain how wrecked is his logic.

    Posted by: Diego | Oct 1, 2013 10:04:00 PM

  13. As those who know John Berry from when he lived in Washington DC, he is a good human being, hard working, humble and honest. His reference to his "spouse" in his video was far from a "deliberate challenge" to Australia, but instead reflected a diplomatic expression of what almost every ambassador says about him/herself and family to their new "adopted" countries. Good for him for being true to himself and his home country. He will be well-received by most Australians.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Oct 1, 2013 10:18:42 PM

  14. Meanwhile, the mainline Oz media has ignored this idiot, as should have Towleroad.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 1, 2013 10:28:25 PM

  15. Australia is full of homophobes like this.

    Posted by: Adam | Oct 1, 2013 10:52:20 PM

  16. Towleroad is full of trolls like Adam. Actually, they're all the same person: Rick. We get it, Rick/Jason/Adam/Adrenan P: you're mentally ill. Please take your sad and negative insanity some place else.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 1, 2013 11:07:15 PM

  17. Just to keep everything in perspective - that Madden guy would be the equivalent of a Jesse Helms or Tony Perkins in the US. Madden does not represent the vast majority of Australians.

    Posted by: David | Oct 2, 2013 12:38:40 AM

  18. Australia, the land of bigots, who elected a raging homophobe as a PM

    Posted by: litper | Oct 2, 2013 12:48:09 AM

  19. @Lipter and ADAM.
    Live in Oz do you?
    No? Live in 'merica?.....mmmmm.
    Don't think we are the first to have a homophobe elected into office :-), but that's by-the-by.
    In reality, this guy has about as much cred and impact in Oz as does Eugine 'Delusional' Delgadio has in the USA - which is zero, schiltz and none!
    That's one of the reasons why he moved from Sydney to Tassie - no-one was listening to him when he prayed for rain at the Mardi Gras' or tried to stop it proceeding through various court attempts. He is a joke and largely treated as one in the country. As I said above, he moved from Sydney (Sin City!!) to the more 'conservative' state of Tasmania in an attempt to have his voice heard, but no-one is listening to him down there either.
    And just for the record, while the new US Ambassadors video was widely reported - including the bit about his partner - I saw none of the negativity nor abuse that one would expect in a 'country full of homophobes' from the MSM when they reported it. On the contrary, nearly all news outlets mentioned his relationship with no bias included at all. If anything, the reports I saw deliberately emphasised that point as though to point out how backward we are here in NOT recognising these relationships (yet!!!!).

    Posted by: Greg in Oz | Oct 2, 2013 2:35:25 AM

  20. Jamey's right: he's just another self-righteous, hypocritical prig:

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 2, 2013 5:18:03 AM

  21. It just pisses Australia off that America has a black president.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 2, 2013 11:09:09 AM

  22. Dear Hagatha: As a citizen of both countries I can tell you that your comment is both ridiculous and ill-informed. Australians all over were thrilled when Obama was elected because they so despised Bush; mainly because he lead Oz into war in Iraq. As a left leaning country Australia is always happier when a democrat is in the white house and BO is no exception. The colour of his skin is irrelevant.

    Posted by: Ozguynyc | Oct 2, 2013 1:30:09 PM

  23. Australia is a very backward nation-2 of the last tree Prime Minister's (Gillard and Abbott are raging homophobes) pandering to groups (i.e. making promises)like FRC and AFA. Sick making. Not surprising in this sort of environment, this stupidity is often embraced. Australia is at the ass end of the world for a reason.

    Posted by: Molc | Oct 2, 2013 4:20:26 PM

  24. Considering that Australia was founded by European criminals that European countries no longer wanted among decent people, it appears that the gentleman really has no standing to comment about another country's Ambassador.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 2, 2013 8:27:56 PM

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