When Vice President Mike Pence met with Irish prime minister Enda Kenny last year, the media covered the St. Patrick’s Day-themed breakfast. This year, the press was not allowed in to the event — could it be because Ireland now has an openly gay prime minister, one who pledged to bring up the issue of LGBT rights with the antigay VP?
Leo Varadkar — who, in June, became the first gay person and first person of Indian heritage to be named Taoiseach — said he planned to address LGBT rights in the Friday meeting and was disappointed the press weren’t allowed to attend.
“I am told Vice President Pence is not a supporter of conversion therapy even though some people have mentioned he is,” Varadkar, 39, said prior to the meeting, according to the Irish publication TheJournal.ie. “But I imagine I will have the opportunity, I am going to be meeting him over breakfast on Friday morning, so if I have the opportunity I will certainly be mentioning the wider issue of equal rights and freedoms for LGBT citizens.”
This isn’t the first time Varadkar spoke out about Pence.
— JR Buckley (@JRBuckley) 22 November 2016
Pence’s spokesperson denied he supports “conversion therapy,” but the former Indiana governor is a notorious enemy of LGBT rights. His rumored support of “conversion therapy” goes back to wording on his 2000 Congressional campaign website. Without question is his ardent opposition to same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, employment nondiscrimination bills, and any acknowledgment of transgender or reproductive rights.