Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a military veteran and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, hit out at fellow Hoosier Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend — dedicating time in a speech to tell the vice president, "Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."
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Speaking to the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch on Sunday, Buttigieg — who is Christian, homosexual, and married — began directing his comments to Pence, who has a record of being a staunch opponent of gay marriage.
"People talk about marriage equality as a moral issue, and it is certainly a moral issue, as far as I'm concerned," Buttigieg told the audience. "It's a moral issue because being married to Chasten (his husband) has made me a better human being. Because it has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware, and more decent. My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man."
But then, Buttigieg directed his talk to Pence, saying, "And yes, Mr. vice president, it has moved me closer to God," leading the crowd to erupt in cheers and applause.
"You may be religious, and you may not," the mayor told his audience. "But if you are, and you are also queer, and you have come through the other side of a period of wishing that you weren't, then you know that that message, that this idea that there's something wrong with you is a message that puts you at war — not only with yourself but with your maker — and 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," pointing to the heavens. "And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand."
Buttigieg explained, "That if you've got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."
This isn't the first time Buttigieg has targeted the vice president. A few weeks ago, the mayor told Buzzfeed News' online show "AM to DM," "I think the moment you come on board with a project like the Trump campaign or the Trump-Pence administration, you are at best complicit in the process that has given cover for the flourishing and the resurgence of white nationalism in our midst," Politico reported.