Ireland’s new gay prime minister pressed the DUP on marriage equality

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And he’s promised to keep pressing the issue.

Ireland’s new taoiseach, openly gay Leo Varadkar, revealed in a press conference with Theresa May, that he has pressed the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, on her party’s blocking of same-sex marriage.

Back in 2015, the Northern Irish Assembly backed the legalisation of same-sex marriage with 53 votes to 52, but because the DUP used a ‘Petitions of Concern’ power, the legislation was blocked.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Theresa May, Varadkar said: “I met with Arlene Foster and the DUP last week in Dublin, and at that meeting I expressed my very strong view that marriage equality should be permitted in Northern Ireland.

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