Buttigieg has raised the ire of the Christian Right in recent days following his remarks about Vice President Mike Pence’s attitude toward homosexuality.
It’s well known that the ultra-conservative Pence, the former governor of Indiana, has come under fire for his ties to such groups as the socially conservative Family Research Council, which denounce homosexuality and bemoan what they characterize as “attacks” on “traditional” marriage. Pence has also faced heated criticism for his views on transgender rights and conversion therapy.
But Buttigieg, during a speech at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch in Washington, says his marriage to teacher Chasten Glezman, has made him “a better human being.”
“It has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware, more decent. My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man. And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God,” he said.
Buttigieg recalled that there was a time in his life when he wished he could have taken “a pill to make me straight,” but said those feelings are long past him.
“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,” he 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.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to Vice President Mike Pence: "If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.” https://t.co/xrfksxrUYz pic.twitter.com/TqshlzWZyr
— CNN (@CNN) April 8, 2019
In response, Ingraham took to Twitter, accusing Buttigieg of being “more sanctimonious and self-righteous” than most evangelicals she says she’s met.
Mayor Pete comes off as more sanctimonious and self-righteous here than most Evangelical Christians I've met: "Buttigieg to Pence: 'Your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator'" @CNNPolitics https://t.co/wrm13pRdtE
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 8, 2019
Earlier today, Second Lady Karen Pence also responded and surmised that Buttigieg’s comments about her husband are helping him “get some notoriety.”
“I think in our country we need to understand you shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are and I think kids need to learn that at a young age that this is OK, what faith people have; we don’t attack them for their faith,” she said.