The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed the nomination of James “Wally” Brewster, Jr. to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic, making him the fifth openly gay ambassador to be confirmed this year.

Brewster, a senior managing partner for SB&K Global in Chicago and a national LGBT co-chair for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), was named in June by President Barack Obama.

“I was proud to support Wally Brewster's confirmation to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate unanimously agree,” Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said in a statement.

“All of us at Victory are delighted by this news,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said in a blog post. “Wally's confirmation makes a powerful statement for the opportunity that LGBT Americans have to promote understanding and inspire respect on the world stage.”

Several Dominican leaders have publicly opposed Brewster's nomination.

Jim Musa, spokesman for the National Conference of Young Evangelicals, told reporters in August that that Brewster walking down the streets of Santo Domingo with his husband would constitute a form of passive activism which he called “dangerous” because it could normalize the marriages of gay people.

Others opposed include Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, who mockingly called Brewster a “faggot” in Spanish, and Monsenor Pablo Cedano, who told the AP, “If he arrives, he'll suffer and be forced to leave.”

The other openly gay ambassadors confirmed this year are Daniel Baer (OSCE), John Berry (Australia), James Costos (Spain) and Rufus Gifford (Denmark).