Watch Ireland’s First Openly-Gay Prime Minister Introduce His Boyfriend To Mike Pence

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar brought his partner, Matthew Barrett, with him to breakfast with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

After the introduction, Varadkar delivered a short speech at the vice president’s residence on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory describing the changes he’s seen in his traditionally Catholic country when it comes to acceptance of LGBT people.

Varadkar said that growing up in Ireland, he was always “fascinated by American politics,” which “inspired me to believe in the power of politics to do good.”

“I also knew at the time that I lived in a country where, if I tried to be myself at the time, I would have ended up breaking laws,” he said. “But today that has all changed. I stand here leader of my country, flawed and human, but judged by my political actions and not my sexual orientation, my skin tone, gender, or religious beliefs.”

Varadkar said Ireland isn’t the only place where this is possible, but “every country where freedom and liberty are cherished.”

“We are, after all, all God’s children,” he said.

Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, who was recently criticizedfor accepting a part-time teaching job at a private Christian school in Virginia that does not allow gay students and requires employees to affirm that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, was not present at the Thursday breakfast.

Many online were quick to point out the juxtaposition given Pence’s lengthy anti-LGBTQ record.

“Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family,” Pence, a conservative Christian, once said from the House floor in a speech opposing same-sex marriage.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, once called Pence “the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America”.

There are only a handful of openly gay world leaders at present, including Luxembourg’s Xavier Bettel and Serbia’s Ana Brnabic.


Source theguardiansofdemocracy

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