Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and speaks about discrimination
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The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is gay, brought his partner to a meeting on Thursday with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, a conservative Christian once dubbed “the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America”.
Varadkar, who is in Washington this week to reaffirm the longstanding shared history between the two countries, brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the vice-presidential residence at the Naval Observatory.
Varadkar tweeted that he and Barrett had received a “warm reception” at Pence’s home, but in pointed remarks to Pence and gathered media, he also called out various forms of discrimination.
“I lived in a country where if I’d tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws,” he said. “But today, that is all changed. I stand here, leader of my country, flawed and human, but judged by my political actions, and not by my sexual orientation, my skin tone, gender or religious beliefs.”
what was going on inside pence's head during the whole meeting:
Leak of Pence's google searches immediately after meeting
The Try channel on youtube is getting out of hand.
It makes sense because imagine the constitutional crisis that would happen if Pence's wife were to leave the room and the PM's wife was still in the room.
I had no idea Ireland's Prime Minister was gay. Isn't the church like, really influential there? That's pretty great regardless.
He looks so uncomfortable lol
The church seems to be pretty much BTFO in Ireland these days, what with the public voting overwhelmingly to legalise abortion and gay marriage
They were until about 20 years ago. A combination of modernisation, paedophile priests, and young people just not giving a fuck have really diminished the church's influence.
Join the UK
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