Openly gay man becomes U.S. secretary of state for the first time

Openly gay man becomes U.S. secretary of state for the first time

Former Democratic presidential nominee Pete Buttigich has become the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He is the first openly gay man to serve as secretary of state in the country’s history.

The Senate, the upper house of the U.S. Parliament, supported his nomination by President Joe Biden. Vice President Kamala Harris, who also vied with Biden for the Democratic nomination, was sworn in by Buttigic.

Eighty-six congressmen voted for Buttigic, with 13 opposed. He took the oath of office on a Bible belonging to his mother, with his legal husband, Chastain, holding the book, the agency reported.

Earlier it was reported that Biden would appoint a male-born physician, Rachel Levine, as assistant secretary of health. She would thus become the first transgender person to be appointed to a federal position with Senate confirmation.