Pete Buttigieg said his marriage to a man ‘moved me closer to God’

Pete Buttigieg speaking at the Victory Fund
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that marrying his husband Chasten brought him closer to God.

Speaking at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch yesterday, Buttigieg addressed Mike Pence’s longstanding opposition to marriage equality.

Pence, like others who oppose equal rights for LGBTQ people, often frames his political opinions are religious ones. Buttigieg is Christian and said that his marriage is good on those terms.

“It has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware, more decent,” Buttigieg said. “My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man.”

“And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God.”

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The mayor went on to say that homophobes have a problem with how the world works, not a “disagreement” with a “choice” that LGBTQ people.

“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 quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,” he said.

“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.”

The mayor spoke about several topics important to LGBTQ voters, including the transgender military ban. He brought up the fact that Donald Trump avoided the draft multiple times during the Vietnam War.

“The struggle is not over when transgender troops, ready to put their lives on the line for this country, have their careers threatened with ruin one tweet at a time by a Commander-in-Chief who himself pretended to be disabled in order to get out of serving,” Buttigieg, a Navy veteran, said.

Supporters were living for his speech on Twitter.

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