As an independent Senator, Katherine Zappone became the face of the Yes campaign ahead of Ireland’s equal marriage referendum last year. The politician got married to her current wife Ann Louise Gilligan in Canada in 2003 – but after Ireland voted for the equality she won people’s love by re-proposing her on live TV.
The politician makes history as the first openly lesbian minister in the history of Ireland, serving a role as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Leo Vadakar, who came out last year while serving as Minister for Health, will also serve in the new government as Minister for Social Protection.
“I hope to bring the spirit of change I shared with many others during our long campaign for marriage equality. In the election I asked people to judge me on my track record of delivering change and reducing poverty, and now I will ask people to judge my track record in Government and as a Minister.”, she stated.