US election 2020: Buttigieg sexuality becomes campaign issue

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality has become a campaign issue after a radio host questioned if voters would pick a man “kissing his husband on stage”. Firebrand conservative Rush Limbaugh said Democrats must realise America is still not ready to elect a gay man. Mr Buttigieg’s Democratic rivals leapt to his defence, and President Donald Trump said he would vote for a gay man. Mr Limbaugh was last week awarded a top civilian honour by the president. On his radio show which is nationally syndicated to millions of listeners, Mr Limbaugh on Wednesday imagined Demcorats’ deliberations over who to vote for. He said: “They’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look? Thirty-seven-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr Man, Donald Trump.'”