Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay former mayor of South Bend, Ind., a small town of just over 100,000 people, was asked during an appearance Sunday on CNN to respond to a remark from Rush Limbaugh about how Americans may view his homosexuality.
Taking the high road, the 38-year-old 2020 Democratic candidate avoided any focus on him kissing his husband on stage at campaign events to say he will not take family values lectures from Limbaugh.
“I love my husband, I am faithful to my husband,” Buttigieg said, when asked by CNN anchor Dana Bash. “On stage, we usually just go for a hug, but I love him very much — and I’m not going to take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.”
Taking her lead from colleague Jake Tapper, who took umbrage over Rush’s remarks while downplaying the significance of President Trump giving Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union, Dash mentioned that Limbaugh was “awarded the nations’ top civilian honor” in asking Buttigieg to comment.
On his radio show last week, Rush commented on the imagery of Buttigieg kissing his husband on stage juxtaposed with an image of a manly President Trump.
“How is this going to look – a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump? What’s going to happen there?” Limbaugh said.
“And they got to be looking at that,” he suggested, speaking of voters. “And they’ve got to be saying, that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that’s been covered, America still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president.”
Needless to say, the left had an immediate meltdown, using Rush’s words to reinforce their view that the talk radio host is a bigot and a homophobe, a view that was pushed wholeheartedly when Trump recognized Limbaugh at the SOTU. The fact that he has been married four times was also fodder for the left.
When he announced his candidacy for the White House back in April 2019, Buttigieg brought his spouse on stage and the two men shared a hug and kiss — a moment that was widely celebrated in the LGBT community.
Seeing @PeteButtigieg kiss and embrace his husband @Chas10Buttigieg while announcing his run for President is a big deal and an emotional moment that will forever change our nation for the better 🙂 pic.twitter.com/omszPU8tbF
— Marti 2021 (@MartiGCummings) April 15, 2019
While many in America accept gay relationships today, homosexuality, or acting on the attraction, is still viewed as a sin by millions of Christians.
Pop culture and society in general may look at gay relationships as normal, but this is not a view shared by those with religious values that teach the sanctity of marriage and that same-sex relationships are wrong.
Buttigieg and his husband have never downplayed their relationship. In fact, as seen in a wedding photo Chasten Buttigieg shared last week on Valentine’s Day, it could be argued that this has been a central part of his campaign.
— Chasten Glezman Buttigieg (@Chasten) February 14, 2020
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