Pete Buttigieg on GOP Opposition to Gay Marriage Codification

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WASHINGTON, DC. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg responded Sunday to Republican opposition to codifying same-sex marriage, criticizing House Republicans for opposing a bill to do just that hours after he sat in a room with them was talking about transport policy.

Buttigieg, who is gay, also responded to comments from Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who told CNN earlier this week that voting on a bill to codify same-sex marriage was “a stupid waste of time.”

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“If [Rubio’s] has time to fight Disney, I don’t know why he wouldn’t have time to protect marriages like mine – look, this is really important to a lot of people. It’s definitely important to me,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

A visibly emotional Buttigieg described having breakfast with his twin children on Sunday morning so that his husband, Chasten, would have time to rest, telling Tapper, “That’s no small feat, as any parent of small children knows.”

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“That half hour of my morning made me think about how much I depend on and count on my husband every day, and that our marriage deserves to be treated equally,” he thought, criticizing House Republicans for voting against legislation codifying same-sex marriage, only hours after I was in a room with many of them talking about transportation policy, having what I thought were perfectly normal conversations with many of them on that subject.

“If they don’t want to spend a lot of time on this, they can vote ‘yes’ and move on, and that would be very reassuring for a lot of families in America, including mine,” Buttigieg told Tapper.

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Buttigieg also discussed the government’s efforts to pass a reconciliation bill targeting social programs, refusing to put the blame on Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in West Virginia.

“We’re dealing with a Senate where no Senate Republican is willing to align with any of those priorities, but also where we’ve been able to get a lot done,” Buttigieg told Tapper, reviewing the legislative achievements of the government, such as the US bailout and the bipartisan infrastructure law. “The president continues to prioritize – we must not overlook what has been accomplished, and we must never give in to the pursuit of what remains to be done. I am really looking forward to seeing where we can get prescription drugs , something that would give a lot of breathing room for families. There is still a lot more work to be done.”

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And he promised his agency has “acted with our enforcement powers to hold airlines accountable” after a slew of airline cancellations have left travelers scrambling through weather and staffing issues in recent months.

“We will continue to push” [airlines] and, of course, prepare to cooperate whenever there is an opportunity to do things that facilitate operations in our national airspace,” said Buttigieg. “It’s a good thing Americans have the income and tendency to take the air again going in, that demand is so high after a few years of people delaying travel. Now that demand is back, airlines need to be willing to serve those tickets from which they collect revenue.”

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