One of the five openly gay U.S. ambassadors currently serving overseas wed his partner Saturday in a Vienna ceremony.
Daniel Baer, U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, married Brian Walsh, who works as an agronomist and environmental economist for the International Institute for Applied System Analysis.
According to a news statement, 160 family members and friends were invited to the ceremony. Among those in attendance was Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.
As well as a garden ceremony at their home — for which the grooms were set to wear midnight blue tuxedos from Burberry — the planned festivities included a dinner hosted at the home of U.S. Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner and her husband Blaine, in addition to a reception held at the Palais Ferstel.
Following the ceremony, Baer published a photo of him and his new spouse exchanging vows via a message from his Twitter account.
— Daniel Baer (@danbbaer) August 2, 2014
Baer isn't the first U.S. ambassador to enter into a same-sex marriage while serving in his post. In August 2013, U.S. ambassador to Australia John Berry wed his partner, Curtis Tate, in a D.C. ceremony.
As the crisis Ukraine continues, Baer has served as the voice for the United States in attempting to resolve conflict at the OSCE, a pan-Atlantic forum for resolving international disputes. Read Baer's interview with the Blade on being an openly gay ambassador and his efforts overseas here.