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Yes, It Matters That Pete Buttigieg Is Gay

The fight for equality isn’t won, and the U.S. could use a president who understands that personally.
Source: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Updated at 12:31 p.m. ET on April 8, 2019.

Pete Buttigieg plays harmonica, guitar, and piano! He speaks Norwegian! Whoa, he actually speaks eight languages! I heard he even wrestled a bear live on CNN. None of the gee-whiz stories solidifying into the Buttigieg canon make any difference to me in deciding which of the Democratic candidates will get my vote. But as a gay man, I do care that Buttigieg is gay.

In my lifetime, it has been illegal for me to serve in the military, illegal for me to marry, illegal for me to adopt children, and even illegal for me to have sex. Society barred me from the first three; until 2003, the fourth meant risk of a

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