Pete Buttigieg Says He Hopes To Have Children With Husband, Chasten

Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend., Ind., revealed on Monday that he hopes to have children with his husband, Chasten, but said his presidential run “has kind of slowed down the path a little bit.”

Just a day after launching his 2020 presidential campaign, Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that he and Chasten have discussed having children together.

“Chasten, my husband, he’s made for a lot of things. He’s a great educator, he’s become a great public figure coming out of the gate,” the mayor said of his husband. “But he’s also going to be an amazing father. And I can’t wait to see him — I hope I’ll be good at it too — but I can’t wait to see him have that chance.”

Buttigieg married his husband in June 2018 and is the only openly gay man running for president.

He recently said that his marriage to Chasten Buttigieg has brought him “closer to God.”

“Being married to Chasten has made me a better human being because it has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware and more decent,” he said.

Buttigieg called out Vice President Pence directly while speaking at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch.

“My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man. And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God,” he added, prompting applause.