He thinks people who keep you in the closet are perpetuating a war between you and your maker.
Openly gay South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and viable contender in the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination made it clear on Sunday that if Vice President Mike Pence has problem with his being gay, he should take it up with God.
He said there was a time when he would have given anything to be straight.
“It’s hard to face the truth that there were times in my life when, if you had shown me exactly what it was inside me that made me gay, I would have cut it out with a knife. If you had offered me a pill to make me straight, I would’ve swallowed it before you had time to give me a sip of water," Buttigieg said according to Salon.
He has a different frame of mind now since meeting his husband Chasten, someone who he says makes him a better person.
He also said that others who denounce you for being gay, saying there's something wrong with you, "is a message that puts you at war not only with yourself, but with your maker."
Buttigieg then focused on Vice President Mike Pence, a man who has been criticized for supporting anti-LGBT organizations and their ideals.
"That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand," Buttigieg said. "That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."
Earlier that day Buttigieg appeared on Meet the Press in which he questioned the president's religious moral fiber.
"I can’t believe that somebody that was caught writing hush money checks to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person they want to be leading this nation," he said.
Democrats and the LGBT community are taking notice of Buttigieg who is gaining ground as a popular candidate.
D.C. State Board of Education's Jack Jacobson is also openly gay and says that Buttigieg's willingness to discuss religion is an example of his authenticity
“He talked about God in a room that’s probably full of atheists. That’s what I am,” Jacobson said. “He does it unabashedly and in a way that doesn’t come across as threatening, dismissive or negative.”