The US Vice President Mike Pence invited Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to bring his partner, Dr. Matt Barrett for breakfast. They all met at Mike Pence’s place on Thursday.
Varadkar is the first open Irish gay leader. Whereas, Pence is a conservative Christian. He has a vast history of anti-LGBTQ remarks and positions against same-sex marriage. The Irish leader spoke about how his historically Catholic country has progressed on LGBTQ acceptance.
Pence was serving as the Governor of Indiana. During the period, he signed a “religious freedom” law that allowed businesses to refuse services to LGBTQ customers.
“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.”
Pence expectedly did not mention LGBTQ rights during his speech but spoke about his family’s Irish history, including his grandfather, whose “love for the Irish people, his love for the Irish heritage is bone-marrow deep.”
Pence also tweeted about their intimate meeting but did not mention Varadkar’s partner.