(VitalNews.org) – Stephen Colbert, a television personality known for his Catholic faith, recently invited U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to his show, “The Late Show,” in response to comments made by House Speaker Mike Johnson. Johnson had sparked controversy with his assertion that certain experts equate homosexuality with chaos and potential ruin for even the most powerful republics.
Colbert engaged in a spirited debate with Johnson, focusing mainly on his track record with LGBTQ+ issues, which Colbert described as ‘dismal.’ He then turned to Buttigieg, an openly gay man, to discuss how he navigates such a harsh political landscape.
Buttigieg, who shares a home with his husband Chasten and their two adopted children, responded that their household was filled with “the love of God.” He shared a heartwarming story about the challenges and joys of parenthood, from preparing macaroni and cheese to changing nappies.
“While our life might be chaotic at times, there’s nothing dark about it,” Buttigieg said, countering Johnson’s negative characterization of same-sex relationships.
The Catholic Church’s official stance is that same-sex relations are inherently disordered and constitute one of the four sins that demand divine retribution. The other three include deliberate murder, exploitation of people experiencing poverty, and unfair payment of workers.
Pete Buttigieg, aged 41, was raised Catholic but has since distanced himself from the religion. His late father, a Marxist scholar, taught at the University of Notre Dame. In September 2021, Buttigieg and his husband announced via social media that they were becoming parents, a revelation met with mixed reactions.
Many individuals expressed well-wishes and congratulations, but others criticized the couple for posting a photo of themselves on a hospital bed, arguing that it symbolically erased the mother from the family unit.
“We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support since we shared the news of our growing family,” Buttigieg wrote on social media, introducing their children, Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg, to the world.
The criticism of Buttigieg’s family structure continued, with authors Katy Faust and Stacey Manning suggesting that the media should have framed the couple’s adoption announcement as “two influential men depriving twins of a mother for life.”
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