Pence Lunching With Ireland’s Gay PM Is Proof He Isn’t ‘Anti-Gay’


A senior White House aide pointed to Vice President Pence’s lunch Tuesday with the prime minister of Ireland and his male partner as proof that Pence is not “anti-gay.”

“For all of you who think our @VP is anti-gay, I point you to his and the @SecondLady’s schedule tomorrow where they will join Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar and his partner Dr. Matthew Barrett for lunch in Ireland,” deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere tweeted Monday night.

The comment was ridiculed by LGBT advocates who argued that sharing one meal with a gay person does not make up for what they say is the vice president’s well-documented record speaking and working against LGBTQ rights.

“We can’t believe we have to say this but simply meeting with a gay person doesn’t erase Pence’s long history of attacking LGBTQ people through policy, legislation, and rhetoric,” the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD tweeted. “Nice try though.”

The Human Rights Campaign said in a statement, “it’s important to remember this lunch has nothing to do with LGBTS rights it’s literally just with an LGBTQ person.”

Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, also fired back at Deere’s assertion.

“I’ve sat at tables with people who would gladly deny me the right to marry, who openly support conversion therapy, and who adamantly believe being gay is a choice. Doesn’t mean they’re any less homophobic because we shared a meal,” said Buttigieg.

Pete Buttigieg publicly quarreled with Pence, saying in April that his marriage moved him closer to God.

“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me,” Buttigieg said. “Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Pence, a conservative Christian, has argued previously that same-sex marriage is a sign of “societal collapse” and, as governor of Indiana, signed legislation that would allow businesses and individuals to discriminate against people based on their sexuality. Pence reversed course and signed an amended version after a nationwide outcry to the law. Pence has also opposed expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation and gender identity, notes the Washington Post.

Twitter users mocked Deere over his argument:


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