Second Lady Karen Pence and daughter Charlotte responded to South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) criticizing Vice President Mike Pence's conservative Christian faith.

The 2020 presidential hopeful said that he wished the "Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you've got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me, your quarrel sir is with my Creator."

Buttigieg, who is gay, married junior high teacher Chasten Glezman last year.

Buttigieg said Pence and others who do not support same-sex marriage should recognize that it is time for America to move toward "a more inclusive and more humane vision of faith."


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Mrs. Pence said that one of the reasons she and Charlotte wrote the book "Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Nation's Capital" was to remind the younger generation of the "liberties and freedoms that are protected in the U.S."

She added that religious liberty means you can also believe in "whatever faith that you want to follow."

"It's perfectly OK for us to believe what we believe. People shouldn't take that as us attacking what they believe. I think some in the public square do that these days," said Mrs. Pence, adding that Pence and Buttigieg can disagree on issues of faith.

Speaking in 2015 after Buttigieg came out as a homosexual, Pence praised Buttigieg as a "dedicated public servant and a patriot." Buttigieg criticized President Trump last week, saying "it is hard to look at this president's actions and believe that they're the actions of someone who believes in God."



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