This past Friday night in Dallas, anti-gay protesters harassed South Bend, Indiana’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who was there speaking at a local Democratic Party event in his capacity as a presidential candidate. Fellow contender and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke came to Buttigieg’s defense after that incident, denouncing the demonstrators as not representative of the Texas that he represents and stands for. He shared:
‘Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred. Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon.’
Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred. Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon. https://t.co/IhRDtIBREb
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 4, 2019
The protesters had been shouting everything from an exhortation for Buttigieg to “repent” to a claim of marriage as only between a man and a woman. The mayor married his now husband Chasten in 2018.
He’s faced protesters before, like those at an Iowa event last month who yelled about the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which according to lore were destroyed by God for “sins” including being something other than straight.
He’s even faced criticism from Vice President Mike Pence, who responded to Buttigieg calling him out on his anti-gay history by taking the commentary as a personal attack and skipping around the actual substance of the issue at hand. Buttigieg insisted in return that he wasn’t out to attack anyone or their faith personally, but he rather just hoped to tear down policy agendas that could hurt people.
It’s ironic for anyone on the right to start shouting about “sin” and the need to “repent” considering their dear leader Donald Trump, who has lied, cheated, claimed freedom to sexually assault women and beyond — but is apparently all good anyway, even though it’s not like he’s come out and apologized for behavior like his multiple affairs. Nope — instead, he just participated in an illegal hush money scheme while in office meant to keep those he slept with from speaking out. It didn’t work. He also dismissed his commentary about sexually pressuring women as just “locker room talk.”
Check out Twitter’s response to O’Rourke standing against all of this by calling out anti-gay protesters…
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