Pete Buttigieg candidacy has GOP worried they may see exodus of gay conservative voters

27 APR 2019 AT 11:19 ET

Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg has already drawn the ire of conservatives for identifying as an openly gay Christian. Last weekend, evangelical Franklin Graham called on Buttigieg to repent for the “sin” of being gay. But Buttigieg’s sexual and religious identity is also causing a more surprising controversy.

On Saturday, Politico reported that Buttigeig is causing a split among some gay Republicans after he attacked Vice President Mike Pence. But that also shows that Buttigieg, whose platform is quite conservative, has the potential to peel away support among gay Republicans.

“Some gay conservatives have spoken positively about Buttigieg — a moderate-sounding Midwesterner who married his husband last year — being a leap forward for gay Americans and politicians,” Politico writes. “The dust-up is riling up parts of the right and serving as a high-profile test of how the broader electorate might handle the nation’s first prominent gay presidential candidate,” Politico continues.

Politico interviewed the founder the Log Cabin Republicans, one of the most prominent organizations of gay Republicans, who pointed out that Buttigeig’s platform is palatable to most gay conservatives.
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