After a long wait, the Senate voted 56-42 on Thursday to make Richard Grenell the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Richard Grenell is now the highest ranking openly gay official in American history. His appointment to Germany could not have come at a better time. Germany legalized marriage equality last October and has a growing population of openly gay high-ranking politicians. With Richard Grenell’s conservative Christian background and openly gay sexual orientation, his appointment to the Republican administration in the U.S. may be a stepping stone to bringing together the religious and LGBT community.