Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, a breakout star of the 2020 campaign, said if Vice President Mike Pence is mad at people for being gay, it’s God he should actually be angry at.
‘If me being gay was a choice it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade,’ the South Bend mayor said Sunday at the LGBTQ Victory Fund event in Washington D.C.
‘And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,’ he added.
Buttigieg is the first openly gay candidate for president in U.S. history.
Buttigieg came out as gay during his June 2015 mayoral re-election campaign, which he went on to win with 78 percent of the vote.
Pence, who has a long record of opposing gay rights, was governor of Indiana at the time.
Buttigeg, 37, has risen rapidly in the crowded field to win the Democratic presidential nomination. He is expected to formally launch his White House bid in South Bend on Sunday.
The national attention has surrounded him, in part, because of his harsh criticism of President Donald Trump and his administration.
On Sunday, however, he dove into more personal terms about what being gay and his marriage to Chasten, a school teacher, means to him.
‘When I was younger I would do anything to not be gay,’ he told the crowd at the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political PAC dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT public officials in the U.S.
‘If you had offered me a pill to make me straight I would have swallowed it before you had time to give me a sip of water,’ he said, adding ‘It’s a hard thing to think about now.’
‘It’s hard to face the truth there were times in my life when you had shown me exactly what it was inside me that made me gay I would have cut it out with a knife,’ he noted.
But he said out of the pain of those early years became joy in the form of his marriage.
‘The best thing in my life – my marriage – might not never have happened at all,’ he said.
‘My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man and, yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God,’ he added.
Buttigieg was raised Catholic but has become a devout Episcopalian.
He also slammed evangelical Christians on Sunday for their support of PresidentTrump given his payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.
‘I can’t believe that somebody that was caught writing hush money checks to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person they want to be leading this nation,’ he said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
He said Trump’s hypocrisy is ‘unbelievable.’
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Source: Daily Mail