You’ve got to hand it to Pete Buttigieg. If ever there was an out-and-proud overachiever, it’s this guy.
It wasn’t enough that he chose to be the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he went ahead and married his boyfriend, Chasten, in 2018.
Not content with restricting the level of ire hurled at him on a local level, Mayor Pete then proceeded to toss his tasteful gay hat into the ring to become the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidate. Instead of coyly engaging in a sterile, generic, celebratory fist bump with his husband after strong showings in the Iowa and New Hampshire preliminary races, he kissed him full on the mouth, for God and all the world — and the (gasp!) children! — to see.
Though then-Mayor Pete eventually fell short of his first bid to become president of this great land, his undeniable aptitude, intellect, and political savvy won him a seat on President Joe Biden’s cabinet.
As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg is earning considerable respect from national and world leaders whose vision is not distorted by the fact that he is a gay man. His exemplary military service in Afghanistan decorated Rhodes scholar educational cred, and his Midwestern, wholesome boy-next-door looks didn’t hurt, either.
You’d think these accomplishments in sum would have been more than adequate to fill out Sec. Pete’s Curriculum Vitae, but no. In August, the guys announced their intention to add a third to the Buttigieg family — and not in that throuple way that sets off the clanging alarm bells of marriage equality opponents who bray that same-sex marriage is a slippery slope that will inevitably lead to state-sanctioned polygamy (see Mormon) and bestiality (see Animal Planet).
“For some time, Chasten and I have wanted to grow our family. We’re overjoyed to share that we’ve become parents!” Sec. Pete wrote in a tweet. “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.”
It turns out that Pete and Chasten have been trying to adopt for a year, The Washington Post reported last month. The couple, The Post writes, had been “going through home studies and parenting workshops, writing up descriptions of their family values and ideal weekends.”
I bet the words “golf” and “porn star” weren’t included in the Buttigiegs’ bio.
It’s totally appropriate that long-out former Houston Mayor Annise Parker would offer words of congratulations to the Buttigiegs on their announcement. After all, Mayor Parker and her wife, Kathy Hubbard, legally tied the knot way back in 2014 while she was still in office. Not only that, the couple adopted two daughters, eventually expanding their family to a total of four children.
Now the esteemed current president and chief executive officer of the Victory Fund, Mayor Parker lauded the Buttigieg on the decision to grow their family: “As parents, they will now shine a national spotlight on LGBTQ families, who often face daunting challenges because of outdated policies that narrowly define what families are,” she told The New York Times.
By the time this issue of MONTROSE STAR is in your hot little hands or on your electronically delivered digital device, it will become known whether Baby Buttigieg is identified as a boy or a girl (or any other category, for that matter) of their new bundle of joy’s gender. Whichever or whatever, we know for sure that this is one fortunate baby who will grow up knowing they are wanted and loved by two parents (not to mention an entire political party).
Ultimately, this child will be nurtured by a couple that has repeatedly demonstrated, as the old PFLAG saying goes, “Love makes a family.”
And this child will no doubt grow up under the glare of a global spotlight, especially if Sec. Pete takes another shot at the 2024 presidential race. My personal crystal ball forecasts a two-term Harris-Buttigieg ticket, which will position Vice President Pete to become President Pete in 2032, the year he turns 50. Imagine a gay, married, non-septuagenarian in the Oval Office who is the daddy of a pre-teen! The mind reels giddily with delight.
Lord, let me still be around to see this. Let America still be around to see this.
Meanwhile, let’s all join in in heartfelt and enthusiastic congratulations to the Buttigieg family on their impending bundle of joy. Is it wrong to hope it’s a girl?