Today may have been the biggest day of Wally Brewster’s life. In Washington, D.C. just a few hours ago, Vice President Joe Biden swore James “Wally” Brewster in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. And at 7:00 PM ET, Brewster married his long term partner and fiancé, Bob J. Satawake.
The swearing-in ceremony took place in the historic Indian Treaty Room, located in the East Wing of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The wedding and reception were at The Hay-Adams Hotel, with a view of the White House South Lawn.
Confirmed by the Senate less than two weeks ago, Brewster becomes the fifth openly-gay U.S. Ambassador this year alone. HRC lists John Berry in Australia, James Costos in Spain, Rufus Gifford in Denmark, and Daniel Baer as ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as the other four, along with Jim Hormel, Michael Guest and David Huebner in previous years.
Wally Brewster, left, Vice President Joe Biden, and Bob Satawake
Brewster “had been working as Managing Partner for SB&K Global, a strategic consulting firm,” the Windy City Times reports:
From 2010-2012, he was a co-chair for President Obama’s re-election campaign and a member of the campaign’s “Leadership Circle.” He also served as a co-chair of LGBT issues for the Democratic National Committee and is on the Board of Human Rights Campaign. He and his partner, Bob Satawake, a managing partner at Jameson Sotheby’s International Real Estate, together bundled more than $500,000 for Obama in the last presidential election.
Brewster’s nomination drew the ire of anti-gay religious groups in the Dominican Republic. Speaking to television reporters, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, president of the Conference of the Dominican Episcopate, used the word “maricones”—”faggots”—to describe Brewster. There are no laws against homosexuality in the Dominican Republic, but members of the LGBT community have been subject to harassment, and the nation’s constitution bans same-sex marriage.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
All images are courtesy of HRC Board of Directors member and Democratic strategist Meghan Stabler, and are used by permission.
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