Dustin Kight

Gay Ambassador Spills Shame on Condi Rice

Filed By Dustin Kight | December 14, 2007 4:11 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: Condoleezza Rice, domestic partner benefits, Foreign Service, gay rights, Michael E. Guest, Romania, State Department

This "just in" from The Washington Post:

Openly gay, former U.S. ambassador to Romania, Michael E. Guest, resigned his post at the State Department in late November. Guest cited Condoleeza Rice's personal refusal to offer equal benefits to domestic partners, same-sex or otherwise, as the reason for his ealry retirement:

'I've felt compelled to choose between obligations to my partner, who is my family, and service to my country,' Guest told a crowd of 75 senior State Department officials, a few steps from Rice's office, at his retirement ceremony on Nov. 20, according to a transcript of his remarks. 'That anyone should have to make that choice is a stain on the secretary's leadership, and a shame for this institution and our country.'

Read the full article here: Ex-Ambassador Criticizes Rice. Unlike most articles on our issues, this one gives the full detail -- refusal to fund partner's travel to and from foreign service assignments is but one of the many examples given.

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | December 15, 2007 11:13 AM

It took a lot of courage for Ambassador Guest to state so clearly why he resigned from the State Department. We need more people like him who are unwilling to be treated as less than their heterosexual colleagues.

I saw that story too, Dustin. I'm glad you brought it up. It did take a lot of courage to step up and say "This aint right." Good for him.