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Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten make the cover of TIME

Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten make the cover of TIME

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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg and his husband have featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and his husband Chasten are pictured with their arms around each other on the cover of the prestigious magazine, which accompanies an article profiling the presidential candidate.

The sub-headline on the magazine cover reads: ‘First Family – The unlikely, untested and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.’

The TIME article describes Buttigieg as ‘the first openly gay person to make a serious bid for the presidency’.

The Democratic candidate has experienced a surge of popularity since announcing he would be running for president earlier this year.

‘Trump’s polar opposite’

The article examines 37-year-old Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy: ‘A fresh face in a year when millennials are poised to become the largest eligible voting bloc.’

It questions the candidate’s chances of going up against the current US president, describing Buttigieg as Donald Trump’s ‘polar opposite: younger, dorkier, shorter, calmer and married to a man’.

The article continues: ‘Buttigieg likes to say he has more government experience than Trump, and more military experience than any President in 25 years. And Trump’s victory in 2016 proved that many Americans were willing to elect a President without a traditional Washington résumé.

‘But some voters long for stability after three years of chaos, and it’s not clear whether the Trump presidency has made it easier or harder for outsiders,’ the piece adds.

‘The idea of electing the first gay President thrills liberals, but it also rallies opponents.’

The article goes on to examine his ‘banal and extraordinary’ marriage with Chasten. It discusses his background as the mayor of South Bend, his time growing up, his religious beliefs, and coming to terms with his sexuality.

The article also describes how Buttigieg’s run for presisident has attarcted conservative relgious hecklers who are inherently threatened by the prospect of a gay president.

Buttigieg, himself a devout Episcopalian, has not shied away from calling out conservative Christians who are anti-LGBTI rights.

The candidate has been particularly critical of Vice President Mike Pence. Pence is infamously anti-LGBTI rights, on the grounds that they are not compatible with his Christian faith.

Surge in popularity 

Buttigieg announced that he would be running for president in January, and officially began his campaign in March.

Since then he has experienced a surge in popularly and has begun to regularly feature in the media.

Buttigieg has consistently polled at third place among the field of Democratic presidential candidates.

He is still trailing Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Fellow presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has also been rising in the polls in recent weeks. A recent survey placed Warren ahead of Buttigieg.

A recent survey also found that 70% of voters would be willing to vote for a gay man for president. However, 53% also said that they did not think the US was currently ready for a gay president.