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Pete and Chasten Buttigieg to Become Parents After Adoption Struggle

Pete and Chasten Buttigieg embracing.

There's going to be a new Buttigieg in town.

Today on Twitter, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that he and his husband, Chasten, would be expanding their family soon.

"For some time, Chasten and I have wanted to grow our family," he wrote to Twitter. "We're overjoyed to share that we've become parents! The process isn't done yet and we're thankful for the love, support, and respect for our privacy that has been offered to us. We can't wait to share more soon." Chasten quote-tweeted the post with the caption "Some news!"

Last month, in a Washington Post profile, Chasten opened up about that process. In the story, he revealed the pair had been trying to adopt for a year now and submitting themselves to multiple lists in order to become parents. In one instance, they were called about a mother in labor who wanted to put her baby up for adoption but hours later changed her mind.

“It’s a really weird cycle of anger and frustration and hope,” Chasten told the paper at the time. “You think it’s finally happening and you get so excited, and then it’s gone.”

The piece as a whole was a reflection on how the couple were finding Washington, D.C. There, Chasten talked about how unaffordable rent was. The pair are currently living in a one-bedroom apartment in an upscale building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for about $3,000 a month. Monthly rents for two-bedrooms in the building are $5,650 and up.

Days before the piece came out, Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance told a crowd of conservatives that Democratic leaders without children don't have a "physical commitment to the future of this country" and thus should not have a vote to represent their constituents.

Chasten came out against the statements in a tweet.

“Bringing a child into this world can be a long, difficult, and often heartbreaking process for any family," he wrote. "Shame on [Vance] for this tactless take. As a father, he should know better. As a wannabe Senator, it's clear that empathy isn't his strong suit,” 

Pete and Chasten already have two dogs, one named Truman and the other named Buddy. 

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