‘If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., threw another pointed jab at Vice President Mike Pence’s faith, claiming that his marriage to husband Chasten has “moved him closer to God.”
“It has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware, more decent,” he said during a speech at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch in Washington, D.C.
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Buttigieg has attacked Pence several times for his views on same-sex marriage and transgender rights.
“Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand — that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Buttigieg slammed evangelical Christians in a later interview with NBC News, calling the religious right’s support of President Donald Trump “hypocritical.”
“It’s something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” he said. “[Trump] acts in a way that is not consistent with anything I hear in scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers.”
Buttigieg claimed to have worked closely with Pence when the vice president served as Indiana’s governor.
But the mayor said Pence changed when he joined the Trump administration.
“How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency?” Buttigieg said during a CNN townhall last month, referring to Trump’s affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, alleged to have occurred in 2006. “Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump? I don’t know. I don’t know.”