June 30, 1999 |
James Hormel was sworn in as the first openly gay U.S. ambassador after a two-year delay caused by fierce opposition among conservative lawmakers and some Christian groups. Hormel took the oath of office to serve as ambassador to Luxembourg before Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a Department of State ceremony attended by many supporters, including his former wife, Alice, his five children and his partner, Timothy Wu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999
Kudos to President Clinton for appointing gay activist James C. Hormel ambassador to Luxembourg during the Senate recess (June 5). The action of a very few but vocal Republican senators had prevented the appointment from going to a floor vote, in spite of an overwhelming approval of Hormel by the Foreign Relations Committee. Hormel's opponents cite his appearance at gay rights parades and support for San Francisco's Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as evidence of his unfitness. The last time I checked, this was still a free country where, among other things, people could attend legal gatherings without fear of being photographed and later attacked and could poke harmless fun at religious organizations without serious retribution.
June 5, 1999 |
President Clinton named San Francisco philanthropist and gay activist James C. Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg on Friday, sidestepping Senate Republican leaders who previously had blocked the nomination. Clinton used special appointment powers available when Congress is in recess to bypass the Senate confirmation process and tap Hormel, 66, as the first openly gay U.S. ambassador.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1998
Even though this hasn't been a notably busy or productive year for the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Trent Lott has decided that there simply is no time available to vote on the nomination of James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg. Never mind that Hormel's confirmation has been pending since last fall, that hearings on his fitness have long since been completed or that Lott early on declared his unshakable belief that Hormel should not represent his country abroad because he is a homosexual.
July 20, 1998 |
A Senate vote on James Hormel to be the nation's first openly gay ambassador was "not practical" this year, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said. Lott, who opposes Hormel's nomination to be ambassador to Luxembourg, said that with time running out in this session of Congress, the Senate must concentrate on passing fiscal 1999 spending bills.
July 6, 1998 |
To court their conservative base, key Senate Republican leaders are digging in their heels on an issue that does not seem ideological at all: Who should be the next U.S. ambassador to a tiny European country most Americans could not find on a map?