Despite the fact that former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has run openly as a gay man — often touting his husband Chasten Buttigieg — to be the Democratic nominee for the presidency, a homophobic Iowa caucus voter on Monday demanded her vote back when she suddenly learned he’s married to a man.
“Are you saying that he has the same-sex partner? Pete?” the voter asks of caucus precinct captain Nikki van den Heever, who attempted to defuse the woman’s homophobic statements, as seen in a video that was posted to Twitter and Reddit.
“Are you kidding?” the voter said. “I don’t want anybody like that in the White House. So can I have my card back?”
Van den Heever responded she was unsure if she could get the card back since the caucus voter signed it and then explained that Buttigieg’s being gay shouldn’t factor into the decision the woman already made.
“The whole point of it is, though, he’s a human being, right? Just like you and me and it shouldn’t really matter,” van den Heever said.
“Well, he better read the Bible,” the woman responded.
“He does, and he says that God doesn’t choose a political party because…” van den Heever replied.
“Why does it say in the Bible that a man should marry a woman then?” the voter said.
“Well, I totally respect your viewpoint on this, I so totally do, but I think that we were not around when the Bible was written,” van den Heever countered.
“How come this is never been brought out before?” the woman said, admitting in a way that she’d failed to pay attention to the media coverage around Buttigieg’s historic run for the Democratic nomination. Buttigieg and his husband have stumped for the nomination together and apart, but consistently speaking out about their marriage. Buttigieg has consistently spoken about his being gay during the debates, and he and Chasten appeared on the cover of Time this spring.
The Iowa caucus was widely considered to be chaotic with so many candidates still in the running and no clear winner, with the results expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon. However, Buttigieg gave a speech on Monday in which he declared a certain kind of victory.
“So we don’t know all the results. But we know by the time it’s all said and done — Iowa, you have shocked the nation!” Buttiegieg said, according to ABC News. “By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious!”
Watch the interaction below.