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As a former gay man, I know Pete Buttigieg’s ‘Midwest wholesome’ is a lie

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2019, LifeSiteNews — Peter Buttigieg, the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who wants to be president of the United States, comes across in media reports as a thoughtful, even-keeled man when viewed alongside his more outlandish fellow Democratic contenders. 

One fawning story after another displays mainstream media’s infatuation with the man, helping to create what Laura Ingraham has called a “carefully curated public image.”

Buttigieg has caught the attention of leading conservatives, including Newt Gingrich, Ben Shapiro, and Rush Limbaugh, who find Buttigieg’s “normal guy” demeanor refreshing in the field of ever more shrill candidates vying for attention. 

He’s a Rhodes scholar who returned to the town where he grew up and was elected mayor before turning thirty years old. He left City Hall in 2014 when, as a Navy reservist, he was deployed to the Afghanistan War. He’s even an accomplished pianist.

One commentator said of the heartland mayor, “He just seems so gosh-darned Midwest wholesome.”

Continuing that theme, The Los Angeles Times says Buttigieg has a “Mr. Rogers haircut and Howdy Doody grin.” 

Mr. & Mr. Buttigieg set their eyes on Washington, D.C.

The Jimmy Stewart/Frank Capra All-American Buttigieg narrative stops short of the mayor marrying his pretty high school sweetheart. Instead, Buttigieg met a guy with the help of a dating app in 2015, and that’s whom he chose to “wed.”

The presidential hopeful “married” that guy last June before declaring his candidacy, presumably because Americans like their presidents to be married family men. In a move that is an absurd attempt to present their “marriage” as unabashedly traditional, Chasten Glezman seems to have dropped his own last name and taken “Buttigieg” as his own.  

The South Bend mayor recently claimed that his same-sex “marriage” to Glezman “has moved me closer to God” — a statement that has been used as irrefutable testimony to the man’s superior brand of Christianity while simultaneously implying contempt for Catholics, Evangelicals, and others who have not relinquished orthodox teaching.

Buttigieg portrays himself as an important link, a healer, willing to confront “sanctimony” within the LGBT community. He has proposed that he is the one man who can stand in the breach and broker a truce between gays and Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain demonized by gays because of the founding family’s support for the immutable definition of marriage. 

Don’t be fooled by the mayor’s heavily photoshopped image

Buttigieg has clearly set himself apart, and that niche he has carved out for himself is growing. In recent polling, Buttigieg consistently comes in third, trailing only former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders and ahead of Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker.  

Yet if one looks closely at the portrait media has painted for us — the “aw shucks”-Midwestern-wholesomeness-meets-wise-Ivy-League-scholar image — we find that it is heavily photoshopped.  

Scrape off the layers of digital varnish that have been splashed on the man, and one finds that Buttigieg espouses the same horrible ideals as his fellow Democrat contenders. 

Buttigieg wants to overhaul the United States Supreme Court because he believes it’s too conservative. He wants to get rid of the Electoral College — “It’s gotta go” — and establish automatic voter registration. He believes that climate change is a national security threat and supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal. The young mayor would like to institute national single-payer health care — i.e., “Medicare for all” — and wants stricter gun control laws.

Not surprisingly, Buttigieg’s deceased father was a Notre Dame University professor who, according to Paul Kengor, was “among a group of leftist professors who focused on injecting Marxism into the wider culture.”  

Buttigieg can’t be on the ‘right side of history’ while on the wrong side of natural law

Most troublingly, the man who is portrayed as epitomizing heartland innocence and Christian values is unashamedly pro-abortion, pro-gay, and pro-transgender.  

No man who defies natural law is prudent. No man who fails to recognize the beauty of complementarity is wise. No man who champions the killing of babies yet to be born is empathetic, loving, or the least bit thoughtful.

On the contrary, his untenable stances display a strong, assertive self-will, seeking to forcefully inject regressive, not progressive, policies on the American public. 

Buttigieg, who has urged those who support LGBT rights to “beckon people onto the right side of history,” will never be on the right side of history as long as he remains on the wrong side of natural law.

Who am I to judge?

Before you dismiss me as a homophobic old white guy, keep in mind I once was a gay man taking part in Washington, D.C.’s vibrant gay community, dating and hanging out with guys who worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at the Pentagon.

Yet soon after writing a 2009 opinion piece for The Washington Post in defense of same-sex “marriage,” something happened. I found I was attempting to defend the indefensible. My stance could not hold up to logic or reason.

I realized that the bumper sticker memes of Love is Love; If the hearts fit, the parts fit; and Marriage is about love, commitment, and responsibility, which were employed to win over a general public that doesn’t like to think deeply about things and prefers to avoid confrontation, were unhelpful tropes, devoid of real meaning.

I ended up defending the immutable definition of marriage in state houses across the country and originating a brief for the U.S. Supreme Court during the Obergefell v. Hodges deliberations that told the stories of a dozen same sex–attracted men, married to women, who opposed genderless marriages such as Buttigieg’s.

LGBT ascendance in 2020

Buttigieg’s rise to national stardom comes at a time when LGBT influence is likewise rising to dominance — if not pre-eminence — within the Democratic Party: 

  • The former president of the nation’s premiere LGBT lobbying organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has been named CEO of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
  • One of the Democratic presidential debates will be co-hosted by HRC and will be devoted exclusively to LGBT issues
  • Every single Democratic presidential hopeful treats homosexuality and transgenderism as normal. None dares depart from accepted dogma. Yet Buttigieg stands apart in that he is an active homosexual.

The approaching 2020 rainbow harmonic convergence exceeds what gay activists set out to achieve thirty years ago, when Buttigieg was starting elementary school: to make gayness appear commonplace, if not normal, and to make criticism of homosexuality appear backward and antiquated. They wanted gayness to elicit nothing more “than a shrug of the shoulders.”

Those goals now appear quite modest. 

In today’s Democratic Party, gays and transgenders occupy the moral high ground. In 2020, the power and reach of LGBT ideology will be at their zenith.

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Doug Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.