Karen Pence Suggests Pete Buttigieg's Comments About The VP "Attacked" Him For His Faith

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On Tuesday, the vice president's wife, Karen Pence, suggested Pete Buttigieg's comments about her husband were an attack on their religious faith. Pence made these comments during an appearance on The Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox Radio with her daughter, Charlotte, as a part of the promotional tour for their new children's book. And though her husband has explicitly denounced homosexuality in the past, Pence argued that the issue at hand was one of religious liberty and nothing else.

Pence was addressing comments that Buttigieg made recently, at the LGBTQ Victory Fund's annual brunch. Per The Hill, he said,

Pence responded to Buttigieg's comments on Tuesday. When asked if she was surprised by the mayor's decision to bring up the vice president on his campaign trail, she replied,

Pence later added, "It's kind of funny to me, because I don't think the vice president does have a problem with him. But I think it's helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that ... but again, it just goes back to religious liberty."

Buttigieg has not addressed Pence's comments, but he did talk on Tuesday about that exact topic, doubling down on the fact that his marriage is just as legitimate as the Pences'. During a discussion with Father Edward Beck on Tuesday, a Catholic priest and faith and religion commentator for CNN, Buttigieg explained why he believed his marriage was "conservative," regardless of Pence's perception of it. He said, per The Hill,

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Buttigieg added later in the interview, “If you believe marriage has to do with love, if also, by the way, at the risk of sounding a bit conservative, you believe that sex has to do with love, or ought to, then I think it takes you to a pretty specific place." He concluded, "I've learned that it's an expression of love, at least it can be. And I guess I believe it ought to be.”