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April 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana currently seeking the Democrat nomination for president, claimed Sunday his “marriage” to another man has deepened his faith, taking aim at Vice President Mike Pence in the process.

“My marriage to (teacher Chasten Glezman) has made me a better man,” Buttigieg declared during his address to the LGBTQ Victory Fund's annual brunch, HuffPost reported. “And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has 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 continued. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

In fact, the Bible teaches that God created men and women to complement one another in marriage, and multiple passages expressly forbid homosexual acts, such as Leviticus 18:22 declaring it “detestable” to have sex with a man “as one does with a woman” and First Corinthians 6:9 warning that “men who have sex with men” will “not inherit the kingdom of God.”

This isn’t the first time Buttigieg has claimed greater religiosity than his conservative opponents. Last week, he accused religious conservatives of “saying so much about what Christ said so little about, and so little about what he said so much about” and claimed it was “hard to look at this president’s actions and believe that they’re the actions of somebody who believes in God.” In 2017, he suggested Pence “stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump.”

Yet homosexuality isn’t the only issue on which the South Bend mayor rejects Christian teaching. Last week, Buttigieg told CNN that late-term abortion was “mostly for me about freedom from government” to perform “measures that are designed to preserve the life and health of the mother” (pro-life OB/GYN Dr. William Lile and reformed ex-abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino agree that abortions are never medically necessary).

In 2018, Buttigieg vetoed Women’s Care Center’s re-zoning application to build a pro-life pregnancy center near the site of a proposed abortion center, claiming the “neighborhood would not benefit from having the zoning law changed in order to place next door to each other two organizations with deep and opposite commitments on the most divisive social issue of our time.”