A big congratulations to presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has just celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary with husband, Chasten.
The happy couple shared photos on social media to mark the anniversary on Sunday (16 June).
Buttigieg, who is mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the only openly gay candidate running for president in the 2020 elections.
He and Chasten have featured prominently in the media, including making the cover of TIME magazine in May.
The presidential hopeful also said ‘ I don’t see why not’ when asked about the prospect of raising children in the White House if he were to become president.
One year ago I married the love of my life. I’m so thankful I found you, Chasten, and can’t wait to spend the rest of our life together. pic.twitter.com/lE1Pzw4CHg
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) June 16, 2019
‘One year ago I married the love of my life’
Posting on Twitter, Buttigieg wrote of how grateful he was to have married Chasten.
‘One year ago I married the love of my life. I’m so thankful I found you, Chasten, and can’t wait to spend the rest of our life together,’ Buttigieg wrote.
Chasten also posted pictures of the couple on his Twitter account.
‘On my way to find this cute guy on the trail,’ he wrote. ‘Can’t believe it’s been one year.’
On my way to find this cute guy on the trail. Can’t believe it’s been one year. pic.twitter.com/F4lXw67JyZ
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chas10Buttigieg) June 15, 2019
Buttigieg also appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, where host, Jake Tapper, asked the presidential candidate about the prospect of the couple eventially having children.
Tapper noted that Buttigieg has said his presidential run has slowed down his goal of starting a family, before asking Buttigieg if he would consider having children if he were to become president.
‘I don’t see why not. I think it wouldn’t be the first time children have arrived to a first couple,’ Buttigieg replied.
‘But obviously, that’s a conversation I’d better have with Chasten before I go into it too much on television,’ he added.
“I don’t see why not. I think it wouldn’t be the first time children have arrived to a first couple.”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June 16, 2019
Surge in popularity
Buttigieg has seen a surge in popularity since he announced his intention to run for president in January.
He is currently set to make history as the first openly gay candidate to take part in the Presidential Debates.
After starting out as an unknown, Buttigieg has risen rapidly in the polls. He polled fourth place, just behind fellow presidential hopefuls, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
All candidates are still trailing the current frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, who maintains a strong lead.
Recent polling has also shown drastic shifts in the acceptance of gay candidates among voters.
A Quinnipiac poll from May found that 70% of American voters would be willing to vote for a gay man for president.
However, this came with a caveat. The same poll found a that while voters were supportive of a presidential candidate, a majority did not expect to see a gay president any time in the near future.