By Trudy Ring
Religious freedom should never be used as an excuse to discriminate, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said in a new interview with Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Buttigieg, the first openly gay person to seek the Democratic nomination, is the latest candidate to be interviewed for the Transform the White House project of NCTE Action, the center’s political action arm.
Keisling noted that Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., identifies as a person of faith, specifically Christian, as does Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana and current U.S. vice president. But Buttigieg takes a different view of faith than Pence, who as governor signed a bill that critics said would enable people with certain religious views to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others who offend their faith. The law was eventually amended to allay fears of discrimination.
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