Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on Tuesday attacked South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg after he criticized Vice President Mike Pence’s anti-LGBT record and Christian hypocrisy.
Buttigieg, who is openly gay and widely expected to announce a 2020 presidential run this weekend, slammed the vice president on Sunday for opposing same-sex marriage, saying his marriage to his husband has brought him “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,” Buttigieg said.
“And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand,” he continued. “If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Speaking on Todd Starne’s Fox Nation show, Perkins said it was a fact that “God does not create” gay people.
“The fact is, God does not create people that way. Now, there’s circumstances that lead one maybe down that path, and I’m not saying anyone would choose that lifestyle. But to say that they were made by God? First off, the science doesn’t back that up, and Scripture doesn’t back that up, because Jesus himself spoke to what marriage was. And Matthew also spoke to what gender was. I don’t hear Mayor Pete quoting that,” he said.
“Scripture warns of wolves in sheep’s clothing coming and talking smooth, trying to be all things to all people. The reality is he’s advocating for policies that are not in line with the Scripture. You can talk about words. You can use the rhetoric of Scripture, but your policy has to match it,” he added.
“When you’re redefining god’s institution of marriage, you can’t claim to be carrying out the policies and principles of Scripture when you’re doing things that are 180 degrees from it.”
As Indiana’s governor, Pence signed into law a “religious freedom” bill that critics said was a license to discriminate against gay people.
Pence’s anti-LGBT record also includes advocating for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, opposing measures to protect gay men and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace, and opposing expanding the definition of hate crimes to cover offenses based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
When Pence was running for Congress back in 2000, he supported the use of federal funding to treat people “seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
His campaign web site at the time touted his call to add the stipulation to the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, a 1990 law providing funding for HIV/AIDS treatment for patients living with the disease lacking either the income or the necessary insurance to pay for it on their own, to
The website said:
Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.