U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry married his partner of 17 years, Curtis Yee, this past Saturday in Washington, D.C. The service was held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and was attended by family and close friends of the couple, including the Secretary Of the Department of the Interior, who joined the couple for a reception at their home following the ceremony. Berry was recently appointed to his new post by President Obama, making him the first out gay ambassador to a G-20 nation.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Rodney Croome, congratulated the couple and used the occasion to speak out about marriage equality in his own country:
"It's a happy time when any couple marries and I congratulate John Berry and Curtis Lee on their special day and wish them well for their married life together. Sadly, they join hundreds of other same-sex couples whose overseas same-sex marriages aren't recognised under Australian law. It will be a source of deep embarrassment for many Australians that our law fails to respect the marriage of the chief representative of our closest friend and ally, the United States."