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Obama nominates two more gay men to ambassador posts

WASHINGTON – During LGBT Pride Month, President Barack Obama has nominated two openly gay men to ambassador posts in Denmark and Spain, joining a third nominated last week.

Fundraising expert Rufus Gifford was nominated as ambassador to Denmark. As the leader of Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign’s finance operation, Gifford raised almost $700 million to help the President get re-elected.

HBO executive James Costos, one of the company’s vice presidents, was nominated as ambassador to Spain.

“Ambassador-designate James Costos is a true citizen of the world. 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,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

“Rufus Gifford is a terrific choice to represent our country in Denmark. 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,” Griffin said.

Last week, Obama nominated Daniel Baer, the openly-gay Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, to be Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. If all three are confirmed, they would become the fourth, fifth, and sixth openly-LGBT people to serve as a U.S. Ambassador, HRC said.