Indian-Origin Gay Becomes Prime Minister Of Ireland
Hyderabad: While the Indian government refuses to decriminalise homosexuality in the country, Ireland elected a man of Indian origin as their Prime Minister. The Fine Gael Party elected Leo Varadkar, 38, a gay as its new leader. He is the son of an Indian immigrant. He will succeed Enda Kenny as Prime Minister signifying the rapid change taking place there.
A staunchly Catholic country electing first openly gay premier and the youngest person ever to hold the office is itself a record. He will be voted in as Prime Minister when Parliament next sits on June 13.
Speaking at Dublin’s Mansion House, where Ireland’s Parliament sat almost a century ago, Varadkar said that his election shows that Ireland holds no prejudice.
Saying that his father who immigrated to Ireland, would never have dreamed that his son would grow up to be its leader, and despite his differences, his son would be judged by his actions and not his identity; Vardarkar said, every proud parent in Ireland today can dream big dreams for their children.
Vardarkar’s father Ashok is a doctor like his son. He was born in Mumbai and met his wife Miriam, an Irish nurse, in England in the 1970’s before moving to Ireland where Varadkar was born.
The election of Leo Vardkar marks another chapter in the social change that has swept Ireland that not only decriminalise homosexuality in 1993 but became the first country to adopt gay marriage via popular vote in 2015.