Gay Indiana Mayor Ties the Knot, Celebrates Pride With Husband

Mayor Peter "Pete" Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., reportedly has presidential aspirations.

Peter “Pete” Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of small-town South Bend, Ind., wed his partner Chasten Glezman last weekend—and celebrated with a trip to their local Pride.

The pair, whose wedding was captured in a recent article in The New York Times, tied the knot after nearly three years of dating on Saturday, June 16. About 200 guests attended their ceremony. And immediately after their wedding, Buttigieg and Glezman, a grade school teacher, bucked conventions with a pit-stop at South Bend’s Gay Pride Week.

Buttigieg, who was elected mayor in 2012, spoke briefly to the crowd, The Times reports: “We know that only a few years ago this wouldn’t have even been possible. So, thank you for everything you’ve done to make sure this is a welcoming community. And Happy Pride!”

The newlyweds then drove to South Bend’s LangLab, an arts and co-working space in a renovated furniture factory, for a formal reception. The menu for the evening included a selection of sliders, tacos, and beer. And the pair had their first dance as a married couple to a cover of the 1988 ballad “When You Say Nothing At All.”

Buttigieg’s openness about his sexuality is no small feat, especially in Indiana, where his Democratic Party affiliations stick out like a sore thumb in a sea of red. Though his husband had been out for more than a decade before the two met, Buttigieg only came out in May 2015, penning a stirring essay for the South Bend Tribune.

Regardless, he’s a well-loved figure in South Bend, known to most in the city of some 100,000 people as simply “Mayor Pete.”

“How does a sitting mayor in Indiana who’s gay find a date?” he joked to The Times. (In case you’re wondering, the answer is dating apps.)

Congrats to the newlyweds—and best of luck to Buttigieg, who’s reportedly gearing up for a presidential campaign in 2020. It’s a long ways away, but Buttigieg is one of the political leaders President Barack Obama himself has flagged as a potential Democratic Party nominee.

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