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Ireland's Openly Gay Prime Minister Brought His Boyfriend To Meet Mike Pence

There are only three (known) openly gay world leaders.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

That's him (on the right) and his partner Gauthier Destenay.

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That’s him (on the right) and his partner Gauthier Destenay.

Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.

Sad but true fact: There is no gay marriage in Serbia and Ana's partner recently had a child.

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Sad but true fact: There is no gay marriage in Serbia and Ana’s partner recently had a child.

And Ireland’s Prime Minster Leo Varadkar.

That's the PM on the right and his partner Dr. Matt Barrett on the left.

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That’s the PM on the right and his partner Dr. Matt Barrett on the left.

On Wednesday, the Irish Prime Minister brought his partner Matt to meet with Vice President Pence for breakfast.

This is the first time Mike Pence has hosted an openly gay world leader’s partner.

As we all know, Mike Pence doesn't have a very good LGBTQ track record.

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As we all know, Mike Pence doesn’t have a very good LGBTQ track record.

You can see some of their (low key awkward) interaction here:

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner, Matt Barrett, arriving for breakfast here at the US Vice President Mike Pence’s residence in Washington. Quite a significant moment…

But that’s not all, the Prime Minister gave a little speech and specifically called out discrimination that can be interpreted as a jab and/or drag at Pence.

He said: “(Growing up) I lived in a country where, if I tried to be myself at the time, it would have ended up breaking laws, 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.”

“And I don’t believe my country is the only one in the world where this story is possible. It’s found in every country where freedom and liberty are cherished. We are, after all, all God’s children. And that’s true of the United States as well, the land and home of the brave and free. Where the promise of America inspires children all over the world to dream big dreams.”

*Uh this thing on* You listening?

The sweet “cherry on top” (or whatever they say) were these instagram story posts from the PM with appropriate rainbow font.

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And more rainbow font for his meeting with Trump.

Instagram: @campaignforleo

To sum it up, read this tweet by Rory Cowan.

@campaignforleo This lifts my soul. In my day gay people were criminalized. Today my Taoiseach is an openly gay man having breakfast with his partner at the home of the American VP. That is magnificent. The times are changing, thank God 😊🏳️‍🌈



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