WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Senate confirmed a number of President Obama's nominations including Daniel Baer to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, John Berry as the Ambassador to Australia - the first openly gay Ambassador to a G-20 country, Rufus Gifford as Ambassador to Denmark, James Costos as Ambassador to Spain and Stuart Delery as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement:
"Today the U.S. Senate confirmed five highly qualified nominees to important posts who happen to be gay. It is a testament to President Obama and the U.S. Senate that the sexual orientation of these nominees was irrelevant to their qualifications for their posts, as it should be. All Americans should be proud to have these fine public servants representing the interests of the United States."
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.