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Pete Buttigieg is 'statistically' certain there have been gay presidents in the past

Openly gay Mayor Pete launched his 2020 Presidential campaign back in April

2019-06-17

Words: Steve Brown

Pete Buttigieg is certain there have been gay presidents in the past.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the Indiana-born politician came out publicly as gay in 2015, ten days before the Supreme Court's historic ruling on marriage equality, writing that "at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good."

He began dating his husband, teacher Chasten Glezman, just two months later. The pair announced their engagement in 2017 before marrying in South Bend in June 2018.

And back in April, Mayor Pete launched his 2020 Presidential campaign and is a breakout candidate.

But while speaking to Axios of HBO, Buttigieg said he was ‘statistically’ certain there has been gay Presidents in the past but we ‘just didn’t know which ones’.

He said: “People will elect the person who will make the best president.

“And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal.

“I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay – we just didn’t know which ones.

“Statistically, it’s almost certain.”