August 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Gay U.S. ambassador weds in Vienna

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Brian Walsh and Daniel Baer wed Saturday in Vienna (Photo courtesy U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).

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.

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.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Congratulations!

  • For more information, see:

    "Report 94 — In the nineteenth century, at least two American envoys extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary may have been gay or bisexual; and in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and eight American ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary, so far, have been not only gay but also openly gay"


    "Equal Human Rights and Civil Rights for All Persons, No Matter Their Gender, No Matter Their Sexual Orientation: An Interpretive Newsletter" (on line).

  • Gay couples can marry in Vienna? I didn’t think Austria recognized such unions. Or does this marriage reflect marry at the American Embassy which technically is American soil?

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