A First: Gay Father Nominated as U.S. Ambassador

President Obama has nominated Ted Osius, a gay man with a young baby boy, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam.


Mr. Osius is married to Mr. Clayton A. Bond, who, like Mr. Osius, is a career foreign service officer. Their son is named Theodore Alan Bond-Osius.

Mr. Osius and Mr. Bond were married in Vancouver, Canada in June 2006. For the first two years of their marriage, they were both posted at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. During that time, Mr. Osius was the minister counselor for political affairs; Mr. Bond was an assistant cultural affairs officer. The following two years the two men spent apart, Mr. Osius as deputy chief of mission in Jakarta, Indonesia and Mr. Bond as an assistant general services officer in Singapore.

In those two years, Mr. Bond wrote a book about life with his husband, called “Djakarta Djournal: Adventures of a Diplomatic Spouse in Indonesia.”

They both returned to Washington out of a desire to live together again. Mr. Osius accepted an appointment as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2012 to 2013 and became an associate professor at the National War College in 2013.

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