UPDATE 1-U.S. ambassador to Dominican Republic chides antigays
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By Ezra Fieser
SANTO DOMINGO, June 13 (Reuters) - The openly gay U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and his husband have fired back at critics who ridiculed them for their sexual orientation.
In a video posted to the embassy's Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday, James "Wally" Brewster and his spouse, Bob Satawake, called for an end to intolerance.
"To those individuals who continue to discriminate against individuals because of who they are as human beings, I have to ask, 'Isn't it time to stop hating?'" Brewster said in the video, which commemorated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
It marked the first time the ambassador has publicly addressed the controversy that erupted after President Barack Obama nominated him to the post last June.
The former head of a Chicago-area consultancy and Obama campaign fundraiser was chosen along with four other openly gay men to serve as top diplomats. The nominations came during the Obama administration's push for gay rights on a more global scale.
Leaders of Dominican Roman Catholic and evangelical churches vocally rejected Brewster's appointment as being out of step with the country's values.
Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Cedaño said at the time, "If he arrives, he's going to suffer and will have to leave." Continuación...