2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg took a swipe at Vice President Mike Pence’s beliefs on same-sex marriage, which has the second lady explaining how people “shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are.”
As IJR Blue reported, the South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate, who is openly gay, said at LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch in Washington, D.C. on Sunday that his marriage “moved me closer to God.”
“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.
“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand,” he continued. “That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
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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
The Democratic candidate’s comment about Pence’s beliefs drew a reaction from the second lady Karen Pence, who responded on The Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox Radio on Tuesday with a message on religious liberty.
Pence noted the “great relationship” between the vice president and Indiana mayor but said Buttigieg’s remark about Pence’s opposition to same-sex marriage is giving him “some notoriety” in his 2020 race.
“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,” the second lady said.
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— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) April 9, 2019
The second lady has also received criticism for her religious beliefs after she announced in January she’d be returning to work at a Christian school to teach art — a move that drew judgment because of the school’s Christian beliefs on same-sex marriage.
The vice president clapped back at the time of the criticism in defense of his wife, saying, “The freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for holding a public office and so we’ll let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”