ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

Irish Prime Minister Raises LGBTI Issues During Papal Visit

08/26/2018 | Washington Blade

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised LGBTI-specific issues during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the country. Varadkar, who is openly gay, on Saturday in a speech in front of Francis at Dublin Castle pointed out same-sex couples can legally marry in Ireland. Varadkar also noted Irish voters in May voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion in the country. Divorce became legal in Ireland in 1996. “The Ireland of the 21st century is a very different place today than it was in the past,” said Varadkar. “Ireland is increasingly diverse.” “One in six of us were not born here, and there are more and more people who adhere to other faiths, or who are comfortable in declaring that they subscribe to no organized religion,” he added. “We have voted in our Parliament and by referendum to modernize our laws — understanding that marriages do not always work, that women should make their own decisions, and that families come in many forms including those headed by a grandparent, lone parent or same-sex parents or parents who are divorced.”

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