We’re beginning to suspect that the only reason South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg keeps picking an ethical fight with Vice President Mike Pence is that he’s trying to let all the “woke” liberal voters out there know that he’s gay. Because there’s literally no other sense to be made of it. Then again, the LGBT community has made Pence an avatar of gay-hating bigotry since the whole Indiana religious freedom thing a few years ago, so maybe Mayor Pete is just joining the crusade.
What’s odd is that, back when he was in Indiana office with Pence from 2013 to 2017, Buttigieg never made any mention of Pence hating him or trying to convert him out of his gayness. But now that he’s running for president, Mayor Pete has apparently decided that Pence is the worst person in the world. Weird.
“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said Sunday. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
We’re sure that line got plenty of riotous applause from the LGBT activists he was talking to, but there’s no reason to believe that Mike Pence has a “problem” with Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality. Pence is an evangelical Christian, and it stands to reason that he probably views homosexual behavior as a sin. As far as we know, though, that’s not part of the public record. It’s not even a particularly strong aspect of the public record that Pence is against legalized gay marriage, although it is certain that he is.
What IS on the record is that Pence believes that Christian bakers should be able to refuse to participate in a gay wedding and that T-shirt makers should not be forced to endorse a message they don’t believe in. If Buttigieg has a “problem” with that, he should take it up with the First Amendment.
How did Pence react when Mayor Pete came out of the closet in 2015? Why, with these chilling words: “I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”
How about that. It really doesn’t sound like the guy has a “problem” with Pete Buttigieg at all. Maybe some reporter should ask the mayor why he believes that to be the case? Or if, hear us out now, he’s actually just using this as an excuse to aggrandize himself with the LGBT community…and take shots at Pence’s religious beliefs along the way.