Kamala Harris celebrates Irish prime minister and his husband at St. Patrick’s Day event

Author: Christopher Wiggins

In a vibrant celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff welcomed Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, one of the few out gay national leaders, and his husband, Matthew Barrett, to the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C., Friday.

Amid the soft patter of light rain and the backdrop of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the gathering underscored the shared values and mutual respect that define the relationship between the United States and Ireland. Harris, donning a black suit and green shirt in homage to the occasion, lauded the historical and contemporary ties binding the two countries. “This year, we celebrate 100 years — 100 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Ireland,” Harris remarked.

Highlighting Ireland’s progressive stance on LGBTQ+ rights, Harris praised the Irish prime minister as a trailblazer. “On a personal note, Taoiseach, you have been an extraordinary role model for people all around the world as one of the only openly LGBT leaders in history,” she said.

Varadkar reciprocated the sentiment of unity and shared struggle for equality. “President Biden, when he served as vice president, showed enormous courage and leadership in 2012 when he spoke out in favor of marriage equality, helping to encourage the administration and the country along the road to greater equality,” the prime minister said. The acknowledgment served as a reminder of the interconnected struggles for LGBTQ+ rights across the globe.

As the event unfolded, Varadkar and his husband’s presence at such a high-profile event on American soil underscored the significant strides made toward inclusivity and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. The taoiseach’s engagement and the warm welcome extended by the vice president and second gentleman illustrated the nations’ mutual commitment to advancing the cause of freedom, democracy, and human rights.

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Author: Christopher Wiggins

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