Micheal Guest, a career foreign service officer and openly gay man, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Romania after becoming the first openly gay man to be confirmed by the Senate to serve as an ambassador. Guest’s easy confirmation is in stark contrast to the nomination of James C. Hormel as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg by President Clinton. Right wing forces blocked Hormel’s confirmation in the Senate leading Clinton to circumvent the confirmation process by appointing Hormel to the post during a Congressional recess.