Ireland should confront Trump on LGBT issues, the government minister claims

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (L to R) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces his newly selected vice presidential running mate Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, during an event at the Hilton Midtown Hotel, July 16, 2016 in New York City. On Friday, Trump announced on Twitter that he chose Pence to be his running mate. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In one of his only direct policy commitments, President Trump has pledged to sign the First Amendment Defence Actб which actually allows to discriminate the members of LGBT community on the basis of religion.

Irish government minister Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, said the Irish government should press the US to keep its leading role in defending LGBT rights on the worldwide level. “I don’t agree in any way with his [meaning the new American VP Mike Pence – GNE] comments in the past on conversion therapy or the views he’s expressed on equality issues in general. In many ways [German chancellor] Angela Merkel described it very well. She said we will engage and try to engage positively with the new administration but not to the extent that it compromises our values. I think that’s the basis on which we need to approach the new administration.”


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