|Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar with Vice President Mike Pence and|
Second Lady Karen Pence
After Ireland’s first openly gay leader said he would bring up LGBTQ rights with Vice President Mike Pence at a breakfast meeting, Pence barred media from attending the meeting.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the press before the meeting that he would be bringing up the issue of LGBTQ rights to the veep during the annual St Patrick’s Day meeting at the U.S. Naval Observatory where Pence and his wife Karen reside.
Ahead of the event, Pence stipulated that the media were only allowed to capture the arrival of the pair outside Pence’s residence.
Pence’s anti-LGBTQ policies and positions are well known from opposing open service in the military and same-sex marriage to supporting so-called “ex-gay” therapy.
Mr Varadkar expressed disappointment at the media ban but added, “It allows us maybe to have a frank conversation that’s easier to have without the media present.”
Karen & I were honored to welcome Taoiseach Varadkar to our home at the Naval Observatory for an Irish breakfast. #StPatricksDay is the perfect time to celebrate our friendship & to marvel at Ireland’s lasting mark on America and the American people. pic.twitter.com/S9yroBwnf7
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 16, 2018
Ahead of his meeting with anti-#LGBTQ Mike Pence, Ireland’s openly gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he wanted to bring up LGBTQ rights at the meeting.
Today, @mike_pence banned the media from covering the event.
We don’t think so. https://t.co/ouJirE7dSL
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 15, 2018
In 2015, Pence signed a law in Indiana that could’ve allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people, including Irish PM Leo Varadkar. Pence has opposed marriage equality, hate crimes protections & more. Hope media will press him despite being shut out. https://t.co/IaszqybZTj
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) March 15, 2018