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Condi recognizes partner of new AIDS Coordinator at swearing-in ceremony

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“I am truly honored and delighted to have the opportunity to swear in Mark Dybul as our next Global AIDS Coordinator. I am pleased to do that in the presence of Mark’s parents, Claire and Richard, his partner, Jason, and his mother-in-law, Marilyn…You have a wonderful family to support you, Mark, and I know that’s always important to us. Welcome.
— Condi, in remarks as she administered the oath of office to openly gay physician Mark Dybul, the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

This will send some of The Base over the edge. Not only did Condi take time to recognize Jason Claire, the partner of Dybul, but Laura Bush was there for the ceremony, in which Dybul’s partner, who held the bible used during the oath.

Dybul is the nation’s third openly gay ambassador. (WashBlade):

“I know you’ll bring great skill and enthusiasm to the fight against AIDS,” Laura Bush said. “Congratulations, ambassador.”

…Dybul, a nationally recognized expert on AIDS care and prevention, had been serving as acting Global AIDS Coordinator since January, when Bush appointed his predecessor, pharmaceutical industry executive Randall Tobias, as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Rice’s public recognition of Jason Claire as Dybul’s domestic partner and her reference to Claire’s mother as Dybul’s “mother-in-law” is certain to delight gay activists while raising the eyebrows of conservative Christian leaders.

Tee hee.

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