Pete Buttigieg confronted by religious protester

Pete Buttigieg confronted by religious protester
2020 Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) was confronted by a religious protester at an Iowa town hall Tuesday but said he “respected” the protester’s passion.

Buttigieg told reporters, “I understand that it comes from a very passionate place, and I respect that.”

After the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, spoke about the need for marriage equality, the protester stood up and shouted, “You betray your baptism!” He was then escorted out.

Buttigieg joked to the crowd, “Coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes.”

Buttigieg said: “We’re so dug-in, in such passionate ways, and I respect that too. That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator. I’d do it differently. We ought to be able to do it differently.”