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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The video also mentions his time as the director of the National Zoo — and the lion named after him because of his work!
Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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