WH Aide Points To Pence Meeting With Irish PM As Proof That He’s Not ‘Anti-Gay’

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matthew Barrett at Farmleigh House on September 3, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan - Pool/Getty Images)
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September 3, 2019 9:46 a.m.

Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, proudly pointed to Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled meeting with the Irish prime minister, an openly gay man, as proof that Pence is not “anti-gay.”

Pence hosted Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his partner, Mike Barrett, at his residence in March.

Pence, a very conservative Christian, has long opposed LGBTQ rights and has said that same-sex marriage indicates a “societal collapse.”

Politicos on Twitter have largely responded with derision.

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