Gay mayor Peter Buttigieg announces 2020 presidential campaign

Pete_Buttigieg_Official_Portrait running for president

Openly gay mayor Peter Buttigieg has announced he will be running for president in 2020.

Buttigieg, currently mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced on Wednesday (22 January) that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for president for the Democratic Party.

He says his campaign will focus on ‘intergenerational justice’.

‘My generation is the generation that experienced school shootings beginning when I was in high school, the generation that fought in the post 9/11 wars, the first generation not to be better off than our parents materially – if nothing changes.’

He also appears to take a swipe at President Donald Trump’s mantra, Make America Great Again.

He adds: ‘There is no again the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past. Right now our country needs a fresh start.

‘There’s a new generation of voices emerging in our country, walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities. There is no again in the real world. That’s not a bad thing. We’re ready for a fresh start.’

The youngest candidate

The 37-year-old is the joint youngest candidate to enter the race, alongside Representative Tulsi Gabbard. He is a veteran of the Navy and is married to his husband Chasten.

Buttieg was elected mayor in 2011 at the age of 29, making him the youngest person ever to serve as mayor of South Bend.

In 2017, he ran for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, but was unsuccessful.

Other Democrats who have expressed intent or formed exploratory committees include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gilibrand and Kamala Harris.

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Kamala Harris officially announces bid for US presidency in 2020 election

Kamala Harris at Pride

Democrat Kamala Harris just announced she’s running for President of the United States in the 2020 federal election.

Harris took to Twitter this morning (21 January) to announce the news, with the caption: ‘I’m running for president. Let’s do this together.’

The video features a diverse range of families. She wrote: ‘We know America can be better than this – but it’s on us to build it.’

Harris has a long pro-LGBTI record.

As a previous California attorney-general, she refused to defend Proposition 8 – a ban on same-sex marriage.

In fact, when marriage equality became legal in California, she officiated the first same-sex wedding.

Harris also co-sponsored a bill to remove the ‘pay panic’ defense. This defense basically gave a legal loophole where a defendant can claim they acted in a state of violent temporary insanity because of unwanted same-sex sexual advances.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris. | Photo: Mobilus In Mobili / Flickr

She’s also previously supported transgender student Gavin Grimm’s case in the Supreme Court.

Harris told Gay Star News in 2012: ‘Until all people have equal rights, especially on this issue of marriage, we can’t celebrate.’

She also previously blocked a ‘kill the gays’ proposal.

‘This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,’ Harris said.

Kamala Harris stands firm against Brett Kavanaugh

Kamala Harris also refused to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last year.

Kavanaugh avoided a question by Senator Harris about his support of the equal marriage ruling.

Harris asked him: ‘The question is very specific. Can you comment on your personal opinion on whether Obergefell was correctly decided. It’s a yes or no. Please.’

Obergefell V. Hodges (2015) was a landmark civil rights case, where the Supreme Court ruled that marriage was a fundamental right to all citizens. This then legalized same-sex marriage across all states.

But Kavanaugh side-stepped the question.

He then replied: ‘Justice Kennedy wrote: “The days of discriminating against gay and lesbian Americans or treating gay and lesbian Americans as inferior in dignity and worth are over.”‘

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Julián Castro Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

Former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro officially announced his presidential bid in San Antonio, Texas.

With this bid Castro launches a campaign that seeks to turn his unique Mexican-American immigrant story, which is the diametric opposite of President Donald Trump’s narrative, into a winning ticket.

Watch his announcement below.

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