Taoiseach fails to raise LGBT rights with conservative Texas Governor

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Niall Carson/PA) TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar did not raise LGBT rights during an official meeting with staunchly conservative Texas Governor Greg Abbott when they met in Austin today. Mr Varadkar, one of very few openly gay world leaders, admitted he did not use the meeting in the Governor’s Mansion to change Mr Abbott’s view on gay and lesbian rights. Asked if he discussed LGBT rights with the Governor, the Taoiseach said: “No we didn’t actually – really the focus of the conversation was on economics, on trade links and about migration as well actually.” Pushed on why he did not arise the issue, Mr Varadkar said he invited Mr Abbot to Ireland and said he might discuss it with him then should the governor take up the invitation. During their meeting, Mr Abbot, whose wife Cecilia is of Irish extraction, said he would like to visit Ireland in the future. Mr Abbott is an ardent supporter of US President Donald Trump and recently received the backing of the Republican Party to run for second term. The Governor is a highly conservative politician who introduced laws last year which it has been claimed […]