WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- An Iowa caucus voter who agreed to support Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg demanded a signed ballot back after learning that he is gay.
- In a video posted on Twitter by filmmaker Annabel Park, the female voter asked: “Are you saying that he has the same-sex partner?”, noting that her support for Buttigieg “all just went down the toilet.”
- The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor married his spouse, Chasten Buttigieg, in June 2018.
An upset Iowa caucus voter who learned she’d just backed an openly gay man confronted the precinct captain for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
A video posted Tuesday on Twitter by filmmaker Annabel Park shows the tense exchange. The voter ― who is wearing buttons in support of Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar ―demands a signed ballot returned from captain Nikki van den Heever after she learns that Buttigieg is gay and in a same-sex marriage.
“Are you saying that he has the same-sex partner? Are you kidding?” the unidentified woman asks, then adds, “I don’t want anybody like that in the White House.”
Van den Heever explains calmly that Buttigieg’s sexuality is “common knowledge,” but the woman remains unconvinced.
“He’d better read the Bible,” the voter proclaims, noting that her support for the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana “all just went down the toilet.”
Van den Heever acknowledges that the voter has a “right to her opinion,” but concludes, “What I teach my son is that love is love, and that we’re all human beings.”
Buttigieg married his husband Chasten, a junior high school teacher, in 2018. The couple graced the cover of Time magazine in May 2019.
HuffPost reported that the candidate spent much of Tuesday hedging after having appeared to proclaim victory in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses late Monday in spite of the fact that no official results had been reported.
“A year ago I think a lot of people were even questioning what right we had to do this and to make the attempt,” he told CNN’s John Berman. “So it’s clearly a victory for us, even as we, along with the whole country, impatiently wait for some results from the party.”