BREAKING: Ireland Elects Gay Prime Minister

History!!! The Independent reports:

Leo Varadkar is the new leader of Fine Gael and on course to become Ireland’s first gay Taoiseach. The Social Protection Minister got the support of 51 TDs, senators and MEP to get over the line despite losing the popular vote.

Massive cheers greeted Mr Varadkar as he arrived at the count centre in the Mansion House shortly before the result was declared. In total 10,842 of the party’s 21,000 member voted, with 7,051 siding with the Cork candidate. Some 3,772 voted for Mr Varadkar. There were 19 spoiled votes.

Mr Varadkar won the votes of 123 councillors, against 100 who went for Mr Coveney. But it was his popularity among his Leinster House colleagues that ensured victory. The vast majority of the parliamentary party, who make up 65pc of the electorate, have publicly supported Mr Varadkar since the early days of the campaign.

Mr Varadkar will automatically take over from Enda Kenny but must wait until Tuesday, June 13 before formally being elected Taoiseach. The 38-year-old will be the youngest ever Taoiseach and the fourth openly-gay world leader after Belgium, Iceland and Luxemburg.

  • HZ81

    Wooooooo!!!!

  • Paula

    Shove that up your ass catlick church!!!

    • GayOldLady

      Looks like the catlick church is losing it’s influence all over the globe.

      • Jonathan Smith

        too bad its about a millennium too late

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      • AmeriCanadian

        Well…”Saint” Malachy did prophesize the end of the papal line, with the current pope considered to be the last. One can dream.

        • Michael White

          I was taught the last pope would be Peter.

          • AmeriCanadian

            As was I but if you consider the prophecy purely on count, then we are on the last one.

      • I wish the protesteth church would lose influence in the US.

      • jonfromcalifornia

        Don’t count her out yet. The church is growing exponentially in places like Africa and Asia and digging her heels in for the long haul.

        • GayOldLady

          I’m a craddle catholic. Born to a family with priests and nuns, devout in observance. It took me a few decades to realize what total and complete hogwash Catholicism and, for that matter, most of organized religion is. I understand the logic behind proselytizing in 3rd world and developing countries because the church is loosing it’s foothold in Europe. The U.S. Protestant religions are proselytizing in the same places for the same reasons. The more educated, self-empowered and less hopeless people become the more the true nature of religion becomes apparent to them. Organized religion in this country doesn’t even try to hide it anymore. It’s about money, enriching it’s own organization and those at the very top of the hierarchy. It’s business. In the South we have protestant churches that look like Country Clubs. Many churches, Protestant and Catholic, are little more than monuments to excess. Even though most people identify as Christian in the U.S. less than 20% actually attend church every week. http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/139575-7-startling-facts-an-up-close-look-at-church-attendance-in-america.html

          It will take another century or perhaps two for christianity to bite the dust, but it will go the way of it’s predecessors because most of it’s foundation defies credulity and requires much more than faith to sustain.

    • Andymac3

      They are always trying to shove it up other peoples ass, so glad they will be breaking their cheap rosary beads over a gay man being their Taoiseach.

  • pj

    LEO!

  • itsjoe618
  • Boreal
  • skyweaver

    Jesus this is good news for this Irish gal!!!!!!! Also holy crap I’m getting whiplash from the alternating good/bad news posts today

  • Edmund Allin

    The Ireland of today is not the Ireland of my youth! Gay and the son of an Indian immigrant and an Irishwoman?!

    Wow.

  • Gustav2
    • i miss seeing Snoopy more often :/

  • Ernest Endevor

    Good for him! I look forward to Roger Casement Day.

    • coram nobis

      And that will be worth marking.

  • coram nobis

    The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority in the past.
    — Easter 1916 proclamation

  • Bluto
    • coram nobis

      Her Majesty’s Christmas 2015 address to the nation, marking the inevitability of change, “As inevitable as a TD at a rural funeral.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vH6vEndT1A

    • james1200

      How did Ireland become the gayest country on Earth overnight, lol? The gay agenda is really delivering! We’re coming for you next, Saudi Arabia!

      http://i.imgur.com/1uc1uEg.gif

      • Phillip in L.A.

        The homosexualization of Ireland has been successful, Sisters and Brothers. But I for one am not in a hurry to move on the Saudis. Maybe we could try somewhere that’s not blazing fucking hot and controlled by outlandishly wealthy religious zealots?

        • Snarkaholic

          But they’re already wearing dresses…think of the fun we could have over there with a Bathroom Bill!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            (Shrugs shoulders and grunts.)

          • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

            as if you have never heard of a kilt

        • Tawreos

          It is hot and they have no alcohol, so yeah let’s skip them for now.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            حشيش مخدر

        • bcarter3

          No need to bring Texas and Florida into the conversation.

        • james1200

          That’s why we need to move onto Saudi Arabia, because of all the repressed religious zealots (and the hot, hairy, Arab men doesn’t hurt either.) I’m looking for voulnteers to go in the first wave; I need body after body of hung, gay men to throw at the Saudis.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I admire your perspicacity, but no thanks on that locale.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Might I suggest a Central Asian republic, instead?

  • bambinoitaliano

    Damn it! Canada has to catch up! I am going to insist of sleeping with Justine Trudeau! That should make him bisexual?

    • Phillip in L.A.

      What number do you have? I’ve got 0000341

  • EdmondWherever

    I’m getting a little sick and tired of all these gay leaders and role models… being so goddamned cute.

    Let’s call it the Buttigieg Effect.

  • coram nobis
    • Phillip in L.A.

      Thx for posting, coram nobis! Nice to see you

  • Ninja0980

    Congrats!

  • bambinoitaliano

    Does that mean the WH will photoshopped him out of the group picture should there be a submit?

    • Edmund Allin

      Not if he changes his name to O’Varadkar, surely. :p

    • Snarkaholic

      No, they’ll just say that the lady standing next to him is his wife.

      • bambinoitaliano

        By lady you mean duplication of that lady of the night who hooked herself an alt billionaire?

  • Christopher
  • Jonathan Smith
  • JoeMyGod

    Gay AND the son of an Indian immigrant. That’s gotta BURN.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Hi Joe! Thank you so much for posting, and for everything you do for our community.

      How was the field-trip?

    • ChrisMorley

      VIDEO Who is Leo Varadkar?
      @2.40 “He looks good in lycra” (=spandex)

      http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/who-is-leo-varadkar-1.3105813

    • FAEN

      Wow-that’s amazing.

    • another_steve

      I say we gay men take over the world.

      Fabulous window treatments, everywhere.

      What could be bad?

      • JCF

        You do the window treatments, we dykes will do the rest. 😉

    • Ninja0980

      The heads of the rightwingers there must be exploding.

    • ken

      Too bad about his politics: “Calling himself “pro-life”,
      he is a disaster for Ireland’s campaign for reproductive rights, and
      absolutely the wrong person to preside over the abortion referendum that
      he has inherited as a political inevitability…..Varadkar is intent on the project of demonising people on welfare. He recently fronted a €200,000 (£175,000) campaign with the catchy slogan Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All and a handy snitching hotline. This is despite the fact that there has been only one case of suspected identity fraud this year.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/04/gay-irish-prime-minister-leo-varadkar-fine-gael-taoiseach

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Go Ireland!

    “Ni•tabir día forn-ni fochith . . . nad•fo-chomolsam”–‘God puts not upon us (any kind of) suffering which we cannot endure’ (Old Irish)

  • Roger
  • Macbill

    I bet this is giving the Church conniptions.

  • coram nobis
  • pj

    my people lead the way.

  • Christopher

    Now I REALLY want to be in Dublin for Arthur’s Day this year drinking at my favourite pub. http://peadarkearneys.com/

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8da18ada1e8b37a59dc90f585ec1a6806b5b820e0e10c634545b7f89638fc8ad.jpg

    • Treant

      Is it LBGT friendly?

      • Christopher

        Sure is!

        Pretty much everywhere we went in Dublin was LGBT friendly.

  • Yay gaysians! It’s important because many south Asian LGBT youths don’t see themselves in the public eye.

  • SoCalGal20

    Happy Pride and congrats Ireland!!!! 🏳️‍🌈

    • Phillip in L.A.

      To you, too, SoCalGal20!

  • Rex

    Well, what do ya know, we are taking over the world.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Amazing, considering we allegedly don’t reproduce

  • Jeffrey

    Wow! Well Pride Month Indeed!

  • barrixines
    • Friday

      Tae Kwan Leep, Old Country style. 🙂

      • WitlessProtection

        Boot to the head.

  • Frostbite

    All part of the Gay world domination agenda!

  • No More GOP.

    Yay! There’s a pot of rainbows at the end of the rainbow!

  • Todd Allis
  • coram nobis

    Peter [to Patrick, laying a hand on his arm]. Did you see an old woman going down the path?

    Patrick. I did not, but I saw a young girl, and she had the walk of a queen.
    — “Kathleen ni Houlan” (play)

  • Mike in Texas

    I just want to know if there’s some kind of reverse immigration thing where Ireland takes us back.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    But apparently it’s not all peaches and gravy? Some in Ireland are calling him no better than Thatcher.

    https://twitter.com/amyohconnor/status/870699291676823552

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Irony [edited to add:], if those reports are true

      • Daithi in SF

        He is not rightwing by British or American standards. He would be considered a moderate left of center Democrat in the US. His politics are way to the left of May

    • coram nobis

      That was the result, it seems, of an offhand comment. It doesn’t seem to have affected the result.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/02/leo-varadkar-becomes-irelands-prime-minister-elect

      Speaking after the final votes were tallied in Dublin, Varadkar said he was delighted, humbled and honoured to win. Coveney joked that at least his children would be pleased that he had lost.

    • Circ09

      So this is like May’s ascension in UK?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Sadly, this is the same kind of people who demand ideological purity in their candidates…and we all know how that can fuck up things. Everything has to be perfectly aligned to the point of rigid dogmatic douchebaggery. Glad to see the Irish didn’t buy the lie.

  • So THAT’S what winning looks like!

  • Cuberly

    OT: For geeks of a certain era, this is pretty cool news! I read these religiously as a teen. Some excellent sci-fi short stories, interviews with authors, etc…lots to check out.

    https://twitter.com/BoingBoing/status/870702134861246465

  • Reality.Bites

    In Leo Varadkar’s first act as the new leader of Fine Gael he announced the party would be changing its name to Dorothy Gael.

    • Snarkaholic

      Somewhere over the rainbow (flag)
      Skies are blue…

  • Halou
  • coram nobis

    He’s going to have to deal with Brexit in his first term, esp. the border question. Good luck on that.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/opinion/sunday/northern-ireland-border-brexit.html

    • alguien

      interesting article.

      i recall passing from the south to the north back in 1981 and having, once in belfast, to go through checkpoints everywhere within the downtown area. to enter the main district required a checkpoint, to enter each & every shop or restaurant required passing a checkpoint. i’m only too glad to have lived to see the elimination of all that ugliness.

      • Daithi in SF

        Some of it may come back now that Brexit is happening. The south will be part of Europe, the North not, very sad.

        • alguien

          the tensions were running quit high at the time, as well. it was the height of the hunger strike and just a few days prior there had been the worst rioting that dublin had seen in about 10 years.

  • ColdCountry

    Don’t yell at me for this; I don’t know how their system works and I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but… he lost the popular vote?

    • Tawreos

      I guess scoring 51 touchdowns helped him win. I will confess I am very confused by that first paragraph.

    • Hue-Man

      Under internal Fine Gael rules, the parliamentary party constitutes 65% of the vote, party members 25%, and city and country councillors 10%.

      Coveney captured majority support among grassroots members, but Varadkar won over the crucial parliamentarian college.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/02/leo-varadkar-becomes-irelands-prime-minister-elect

      • ColdCountry

        It just seems a bit, you know, hypocritical to be so in favor of an “electoral college” vote winning over the popular vote. Not that I don’t agree that it’s a good thing, but….

        • Hue-Man

          Parliamentary parties are a special case. Canadian Conservatives just completed a leadership race where the leading candidate until election day was Maxime Bernier, a Libertarian, who had almost no support from the Conservative caucus (elected Members of Parliament). It would be a real challenge to be Prime Minister – in Varadkar’s case – running a government, with no support from your own MPs.

          Conservative pundits have been grumbling about a system that has a leader elected by all Conservative party members when they don’t have to work with her or him. BTW, Bernier lost to Andrew Scheer, a closet social conservative who voted (repeatedly) against marriage equality.

          • ColdCountry

            That makes sense, thanks.

  • Xuuths

    Congratulations!

  • Blake J Butler
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    My DNA results says that I am .05 % Irish. Is that enough to defect ?

  • jpeeps
  • TheManicMechanic

    I’m wondering if the Trump scourge is helping to spur such reactionary goodness. Nothing like more LGBT advances to twist that wooden stake of equality in these haters’ puny little Jesus-addled hearts and minds.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Time to CELEBRATE!!!!

    https://youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M

  • Lars Littlefield

    May he serve with love and rainbows.

  • ByronK

    My Irish blood courses with pride!! Fantastic.

  • Acronym Jim

    “Bring back my Fine Gaels. Leo Varadkar? Shantay, you stay.”

  • Puckfair52

    go raIb maith agat (thank you in Irish)
    Perhaps he will raise up The Gay Hero’s of The Easter Rebellion like Sir Roger Casement who was hung in England for treason and whos diaries with their gay entries were introduced as evidence in court!

    Dr Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen Lynn was 2nd In Command in one of the Dublin Battalions their diaries and their life and shared bed make clear their relationship
    Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell is most famous for carrying the surrender order by Patrick Pearse down a body strewn Moore Street on the final day of the Easter Rising on Saturday 29th April 1916. She was one of only three women remaining in the GPO garrison after Pearse had ordered all the women to leave. Nurse O’Farrell, Julia Grenan and James Connolly’s loyal assistant Winifred Carney had point blank refused to leave. O’Farrell was controversially airbrushed from the picture that showed Patrick Pearse surrendering to British Commander General Lowe. However, Elizabeth O’Farrell’s own love life was also neatly erased from history. Her partner was Julia Grenan, the woman who would not leave her side on Easter Week 1916. They remained together for decades after 1916, and upon their deaths were buried together in Glasnevin cemetery, the inscription reading

  • Puckfair52

    I’m leaving out Pearse himself he seems to have been repressed and was perhaps closet pedophile one of his pomes is about finding delight in the kisses of a young lad than he never found on lips of a woman

    • Ben in Oakland

      I’ll drink to that!

  • Hank

    I wonder if he has a husband??? If not I am open to dating him!!! I would gladly stand in the background with Luxembourg’s First Husband!!

  • Daithi in SF
  • Menergy

    Well, he IS gaylic….

    • coram nobis

      Gayltáchta? Or nGaylach, maybe.

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, the Gardaí in Dublin are investigating our Stephen Fry on a charge of blasphemy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/may/07/stephen-fry-investigated-by-irish-police-for-alleged-blasphemy

    Maybe the new Taoiseach needs to get the Dáil to repeal this old statute.

    • Daithi in SF

      That was thrown out. No investigation.

      • coram nobis

        Okay. Statute still on the books, though?

        Fun fact: Denmark just repealed its 1683 blasphemy law.

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/02/denmark-scraps-334-year-old-blasphemy-law

        That’s the slovenly way in which these Acts are always drawn. However, cheer up, it’ll be all right. I’ll have it altered next session. Now, let’s see about your execution – will after luncheon suit you? Can you wait till then?
        —W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado

  • JCF
  • Blake Jordan

    I am not sure if it is just political revivals, or secret homophobes,… but I am seeing a lot of claims that he is a conservative asshole… anyone familiar with the facts?

  • Robert Pierce

    All well and good but this man is a conservative, similar mindset to Margaret Thatcher, cares only for the wealthy elite.