South Bend's mayor gets married
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WSBT) - South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his fiancé Chasten Glezman got married at the Cathedral of Saint James in South Bend on Saturday.
Afterward they made a stop at the South Bend PRIDE 2018 Block Party to address the city for the first time as a married couple.
Many at the parade waited to celebrate with the new couple.
Sharing a kiss in front of the supporters as a married couple is something Buttigieg never thought would be possible.
"When I was younger I thought it was an either or question. If it's living as who you are or having a chance to be in public service," said Buttigieg. "Being able to do both, I'm not sure I believed this day would come."
Many in the LGBTQ community here in South Bend say it's that visibility that makes Buttigieg and his husband icons.
"Someone who is just willing to be out and open, also give them a chance to be out and open," said LGBTQ Center program assistant Tricia McCann.
Sharon and Shelley Kruggel married last year.
They say having the couple come to the parade gives them and many more a reason to be proud.
"I think having someone of that stature and that public of a figure be proud of who they are and stand for it and come out and get married. We look up to him," said Shelley Kruggel.
It also gives them hope for the future.
"If he can do it, so can I," said Kruggel.
"To see Mayor Pete being able to be married to his partner, I think gives a lot of people hope," said McCann.
Words that leave Glezman and Buttigieg flattered.
"To know that that might have some ripple effects and make it easier for the next person that comes along, that's something we do take seriously and we're grateful for that chance," said Buttigieg.
"That we all want to live in an open, accepting, loving community where everyone feels loved and cherished," said Glezman.