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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Obama nominates gay lawyer, David Huebner, as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa

Obama says he will be nominating openly gay lawyer, David Huebner, as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Huebner is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's general counsel and previously served on the group's board. Hopefully, the senate confirmation will go smoothly for him.

AP reports:
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he planned to nominate an openly gay lawyer as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. If confirmed by the Senate, David Huebner would become the third openly gay ambassador in U.S. history and the first pick by this administration. In a statement released from the White House, Obama said he looked forward to working with Huebner and is confident he will represent the United States well in the Pacific region.

Huebner is based in Shanghai, where he handles international arbitration and mediation cases for a U.S. firm. A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, he is also the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's general counsel and previously served on the group's board. He also has chaired the California Law Revision Commission, served as president of the Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and taught at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

Obama's announcement is a gesture just days before he speaks to a gay rights fundraising dinner on Saturday and gay activists march on Washington on Sunday. READ MORE

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