President Barack Obama speaks at the White House LGBT Pride Month Celebration on Thursday:
He also observed that a teenager attending the reception with his two mothers “used to say that someday, he was going to become president and make it legal for his moms to get married. And now, [his mothers] added, ‘I don’t think we’re going to have to wait that long.’” Obama commented, “I agree that we’re not going to have to wait that long — because from Minnesota to Maryland, from the United States Senate to the NBA, it’s clear we’re reaching a turning point.” He concluded, “We’ve made this country a little more equal. We’ve made our world a little more full of love.”
President Obama last week nominated two more openly gay ambassadors: former HBO executive James Costos, nominated for U.S. ambassador to Spain, and Rufus Gifford, former finance official for the DNC, Obama for America, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Denmark.
“Ambassador-designate James Costos is a true citizen of the world,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin in a statement. “He has incredible global business experience and is a respected and innovative leader. He has solid business and political relationships at the highest levels and a proven commitment to community, philanthropy, human rights, and democracy that make him an outstanding choice to be the nation’s next ambassador to Spain.”
“Rufus Gifford is a terrific choice to represent our country in Denmark,” Griffin continued. “His demonstrated leadership and unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights will serve him well as he represents America’s interests abroad. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination.”
If these two are confirmed, the United States will have a total of six openly gay ambassadors around the world. Congratulations, gentlemen!
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