Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Flaunts His Husband to Host Country

Posted: November 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
English: Dominican Republic (orthographic proj...

English: Dominican Republic (orthographic projection). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN) — The welcome message from America’s new top diplomat in the Dominican Republic touched on baseball, culture and trade ties. No surprises there.

But U.S. Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster brought one thing with him this week that’s a first for a male U.S. ambassador in the Caribbean nation: a husband.

“My spouse, Bob, and I have traveled the world, from the far reaches of Asia to the stunning coastlines of southern Europe,” Brewster says in a video introducing himself on the U.S. Embassy‘s website.

Then husband Bob Satawake chimes in: “But we always return to the beauty of the Dominican Republic.”

After months of pressure from religious groups in the Dominican Republic who protested his appointment, Brewster arrived in Santo Domingo this week to begin his tenure as ambassador.

U.S. President Barack Obama praised Brewster’s “knowledge and dedication” when he announced his appointment to the post in June.

The Dominican Republic’s government quickly said it accepted Brewster’s selection.

But some have been less welcoming.

High-profile Catholic Church leaders have decried the new diplomatic appointment as a sign of a lack of respect from Obama.

“He has not considered the particularities of our people. The United States is trying to impose on us marriage between gays and lesbians as well as adoption by these couples,” said Father Luis Rosario, director of youth ministries for the church.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/28/world/americas/dominican-republic-gay-us-ambassador/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

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