Newly-elected Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, told folks attending a Pride Breakfast in Belfast that marriage equality is “only a matter of time” in Northern Ireland.
The Prime Minister, Ireland’s first openly gay leader, is taking part in Belfast Pride as “a gesture of solidarity.”
While the Republic of Ireland voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015, Northern Ireland remains the only place in the UK where a ban on same-sex marriage still exists.
Mr. Varadkar assured crowds in Belfast that he was not “here to unsettle anyone.”
“But I am here to state my support and my government’s support for equality before the law and individual freedom for all citizens wherever they may reside,” he said.
Thrilled to see Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the #BelfastPride march today. Join us for a fairer, more tolerant Northern Ireland 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/EUakrOrPKQ
— NI Humanists (@NIhumanists) August 5, 2017
Let’s hope it’s not much longer till we can paint this whole map pink! #BelfastPride pic.twitter.com/hcLkmeFIGT
— LGBT Humanists (@LGBTHumanistsUK) August 5, 2017
— @SouthBelfastSF (@SouthBelfastSF) August 5, 2017
Irish PM at #belfastpride says he’s there to express support for equality for all citizens but not seeking to ‘unsettle’ anyone pic.twitter.com/LlVu1shRrf
— JPCampbellBiz (@JP_Biz) August 5, 2017