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John Berry, the new U.S. ambassador to Australia, was formally welcomed to the country by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by both of their husbands. Berry is the first out gay ambassador to a G20 country, and he and his husband arrive in Australia in the wake of the marriage equality candidate losing in the national elections.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce received the credentials of John Berry, the new U.S. ambassador to Australia, on Wednesday. The Governor-General, a representative of Queen Elizabeth II, welcomed Berry and his husband, Curtis Yee, to Australia.

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Berry and Yee married in mid-August at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington and now have moved to a country where the marriage equality candidate lost the recent national elections.

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On August 1, Berry was confirmed to his new post, becoming the first out gay U.S. ambassador to a G20 nation. He previously had served in the Obama administration as the head of the Office of Personnel Management.

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Berry and Yee start their new roles in Australia just two-and-a-half weeks after Tony Abbott defeated Kevin Rudd to become Australia’s next prime minister. Abbott opposes same-sex couples’ marriage rights; Rudd had said he would strongly support them.

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Australia posted a welcome video from Berry — which prominently features Yee and in which Berry discusses their excitement about living in Australia.

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The video also mentions his time as the director of the National Zoo — and the lion named after him because of his work!

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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