The U.S. Senate confirmed for the first time an openly gay man as ambassador to a G-20 country with no opposition on Thursday evening along with four other out nominees.
John Berry, former head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the highest-ranking openly gay Obama administration official, was approved for the position of U.S. ambassador to Australia by unanimous consent en banc along with dozens of nominees, including other gay appointees.
Developers of a brand new “private oasis” retirement community near Perpignan in the south of France announced this week that their exclusive neighborhood will cater specifically to gays and lesbians over the age of 50. They did so by adding a rainbow flag to a brochure advertising the development.
Today at the U.S. Embassy in London, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. will immediately begin treating visa applications from same-sex couples in the same manner as those from heterosexual couples.
The visas will be issued to couples who were married in a jurisdiction that legally recognizes marriages of same-sex couples, even if the visa application is filed in a location that does not recognize those marriages.
Sen. Jeff Merkley will introduce the resolution. The measure will call on the International Olympic Committee to oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law and protect athletes and spectators from discrimination at the Winter Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee said for the time being it is standing by reassurances that athletes and visitors attending the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia will not be affected by anti-gay legislation.