Monday, May 27, 2024

Mayor Pete tells Pence marriage has brought him closer to god

Gay Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg roasted Vice President Mike Pence over his views on LGBTQ rights in a speech to Victory Fund on Sunday. 

Mayor Pete spoke about his own struggles with reconciling his faith with his sexuality saying “When I was younger, I would have done anything not to be gay.”

“When I began to realise what it meant that I felt the way I did, I launched a kind of war [inside me], and if that war had been settled on the terms that I wished for when I was 15 or 20 or 25, I would not be standing here.”

“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. If you showed me exactly what it was inside me that made me gay, I would have cut it out with a knife.”

“If I had had a chance to do that, I wouldn’t have found my way to [husband] Chasten. The best thing in my life, my marriage, might not have happened at all. How dark the thought that the man I love might not have been part of my life at all.

“Thank God there was no pill, thank God there was no knife.”

He added: “People talk about marriage equality as a moral issue. And it certainly is a moral issue as far as I’m concerned, because being married to Chasten has made me a better human being.

“[Being married] has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware and more decent. 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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