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Ambassador John Berry.
Congratulations to former director of the Office of Personnel Management and recently confirmed Ambassador to Australia John Berry and his long-time partner Curtis Yee, who were married on August 10, 2013 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
In a brief press release, the couple announced the wedding as follows: "John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday, August 10, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Music was provided by Dr. Theodore Guerrant and soloist, Christian Hoff. The wedding was attended by family and close friends, including the Secretary of the Department of Interior, who then celebrated after the service at the home of Mr. Yee and Mr. Berry."
On John 21, 2013 President Obama announced that he had nominated Berry to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Australia. The nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2013. Berry is the fourth openly gay Ambassador in U.S. history and the first openly gay Ambassador to a G-20 country.
Berry served as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management from April 2009 to April 2013. Previously, he was the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park from 2005 to 2009, and the Executive Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation from 2000 to 2005.
Yee, who is a native of Hawaii, is an attorney who now works in real estate.
Although Berry has not yet taken up residence in Canberra, Matt Young in Sydney's Daily Telegraph reports that Australian marriage equality advocates welcomed news of the wedding.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome said, "It's a happy time when any couple marries and I congratulate John Berry and Curtis Yee on their special day and wish them well for their married life together." He added, "It will be a source of deep embarrassment for many Australians that our law fails to respect the marriage of the chief representative of our closest friend and ally, the United States."
Below is an "It Gets Better" video that Berry contributed to Dan Savage's campaign against the bullying and suicides of gay youth.