Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg responded to past anti-LGBTQ remarks made by House Speaker Mike Johnson during a recent appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Johnson’s comments, which were unearthed from a 2004 column, were critical of same-sex marriage, suggesting it could lead to societal chaos.
During the interview, Stephen Colbert, the show’s host, questioned Buttigieg about the prospect of working with someone who held views like Johnson’s. In his response, Buttigieg, who is openly gay and married to another man, exhibited a measured and inclusive approach. He expressed his willingness to collaborate with individuals of varying perspectives for the common good, emphasizing the importance of accessible and efficient transportation for all Americans. Buttigieg also playfully mentioned the possibility of hosting Johnson at his home, underlining that differences in opinion should not hinder cooperation.
Buttigieg’s remarks extended beyond politics, providing a glimpse into his personal life. He shared the experiences of an ordinary day in his household with his husband, Chasten, and their children. The candid description encompassed the challenges and joys of parenthood, from daycare pickups and diaper changes to the daily dinner rush. In doing so, Buttigieg countered the notion that family life within same-sex marriages is synonymous with darkness or chaos.
Mike Johnson, who assumed the role of Speaker in recent times, has faced criticism for his earlier anti-LGBTQ statements and beliefs. Last week, he responded to the scrutiny by asserting his commitment to the “rule of law” and acknowledging the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which legalized same-sex marriage across the United States. Johnson’s assertion that he respects the rule of law marked a recognition of the legal landscape surrounding same-sex marriage in the country.