Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence

T.W.

Consider how much easier it would be for Mr. Pence to conduct business if he could deal with more LGBTQ couples where both partners were men.
Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality

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.”

Pence’s history of anti-LGBT stances during his time in office as a congressman and governor of Indiana and throughout much of his life has been well documented, so much so that Trump once joked about the hatred as if it was no big secret. During a conversation on gay rights with legal scholars, Trump once interrupted and gestured to Pence, saying, “Don’t ask that guy – he wants to hang them all!” according to the New Yorker.

Pence’s anti-LGBT bona fides include supporting so-called conversion therapy, to signing a religious freedom bill that would have worked as a license to discriminate against gay people. More recently his wife Karen Pence came under fire for teaching at a Christian school with policies of banning LGBT teachers and students.

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dandyfopp

How many years? Decades? Is it going to take to live this down and repair the damage?


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how2girl

Mother said “no, count me out” so his sister was subbed in. He couldn’t have looked any less welcoming.

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Swampy

Good for Leo Varadkar for not bowing down to Pence's hate

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blfenton

I wonder what Pence is thinking as he meets them - What charming nice people or ,,, - well, you can fill in the blank.

And they deliberately included the Pence's sister in the photo when she went to step away which was a nice gesture.

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how2girl

I think if he was thinking what charming nice people he probably checked himself and told self “no I’m programmed to be intolerant of these types of people” (but gosh they seem like nice people). It’s probably the 1st time he’s been that close to such nice people. Then he went home and flagellated.

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Ziemia(6a)

Charlotte Pence - the author I think.

This one: "Charlotte Pence Says John Oliver's Kids Book About Her Bunny Is Totally Fine By Her"

https://www.bustle.com/p/charlotte-pence-says-john-olivers-kids-book-about-her-bunny-is-totally-fine-by-her-8558251

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petalique

Pence was thinking how at least he didn’t have to be alone with two women.

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margievank

Another Purell moment.

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catticusmockingbird

Mother said “no, count me out” so his sister was subbed in. He couldn’t have looked any less welcoming.


I was wondering who that woman was. Thought mother looked different.

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leona_2008

If I were Varadkar or Barrett, I don't know that I could have been gracious enough to accept an invitation to Pence's home. People who can put their own feelings aside for the greater good are to be commended.

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