The friendliness of Turkey towards the United States has declined markedly over the past decade. The decline of U.S.-Turkish relations is primarily a result of the United States’ action in the Iraq War in 2003. Turkey views the Iraq war as a significant threat because northern Iraq acts as a safe-haven for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Furthermore, Turkey views the destabilization of Iraq as a possible impetus for Kurds to claim their independence from Turkey, Iraq, and/or other Middle Eastern countries with significant Kurdish populations.
The Republic of Turkey in Western Asia is a secular but overwhelmingly Islamic state, where Islam is the dominant religion with 99.8% of the population being registered as Muslim. Islam goes beyond mere disapproval of homosexuality. Its sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death. Turkey does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Despite that, the Obama administration saw fit to appoint an openly homosexual man, Charles Hunter, to be consul general in Istanbul, the largest city and the economic, cultural, and historical heart of Turkey.
More than that, Hunter is openly flaunting his homosexuality by marrying his Turkish boyfriend, synth-pop musician Ramadan Çaysever.
Daily Sabah, a Turkuvaz Media Group corporation that calls itself a “nationwide publication” in Istanbul, reports on Dec. 17, 2014, that Charles F. Hunter, U.S. Consul General in Istanbul, confirmed that he would marry his Turkish boyfriend after the diplomat made the headlines last week for the reported marriage.
Hunter was at an event at the Dutch consulate the previous day where he sang at an a capella choir. He responded to reporters’ questions afterward about his affair with Turkish artist Ramadan Çaysever. Hunter said he “confirmed” all the reports in the press about his affair and planned marriage, but avoided elaborating on the matter.
Some media outlets claimed Çaysever converted to Christianity for Hunter. Milliyet, a Turkish daily, claimed Hunter asked for assignment of a bodyguard for Çaysever who has moved in with him, but has not been assigned one yet.
Daily Sabah first broke the story, reporting that Hunter and his Turkish boyfriend first met during an event where Çaysever, a synth-pop musician with two albums, performed in Istanbul. Hunter proposed to him a few months ago and announced his marriage plans to his close friends over a Thanksgiving dinner.
The diplomat and his domestic partner will be married in Hunter’s hometown, Appleton, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is among the states that recently legalized same-sex marriages. The couple will travel to the United States on Dec. 20, although a date for the marriage ceremony has not yet been set. Turkey does not recognize same-sex marriages, but the couple plans to host a wedding banquet for their friends in Turkey after spending their Christmas vacation in the United States.
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H/t CODA’s John Molloy