President Trump has nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a selection narrowly endorsed by a Senate panel in late October by an 11-10 vote.
A “favorite of Christian conservatives,” according to the U.S. News & World Report, Brownback’s nomination has drawn fire because of his stance on LGBTQ issues. In 2015, the governor reversed an earlier state order that banned workplace discrimination against members of those groups.
Also approved by the committee in an 11-10 vote was the nomination of Richard Grenell, President Trump’s first openly gay selection for ambassador.
Grenell, whose appearances on...