Vice President Mike Pence, a known opponent of LGBTQ rights, hosted an openly gay world leader and his partner at the vice president’s residence for the first time Thursday.
According to a Thursday Washington Post report, Pence invited Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his partner, Mike Barrett, to his residence for breakfast.
Pence has hosted Varadkar solo before and reportedly told him then that his partner would be welcome as well.
Vice President Mike Pence invited me and Matt to his home at the Naval Observatory this morning. It’s great to be back here for a really warm reception. pic.twitter.com/Wkh2Ic8lWP
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) March 14, 2019
Pence, a conservative Christian, has a rich history of opposing LGBTQ rights, including saying that same-sex marriage indicates a “societal collapse” and opposing legislation that would prevent discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace.