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U.S. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg on Congress’ marriage equality vote: ‘My marriage is now somehow, once again up for debate in this town’

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer and gave his perspective on the recent marriage equality vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. This segment originally aired July 20, 2022.

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ANDY SERWER: The House of Representatives voted to codify the right to same-sex marriage. And I saw you tweeted about this, pointing out how 157 House Republicans voted no. Should this concern investors and business people, Mr. Secretary?

PETE BUTTIGIEG: Well, I think so. I mean, first of all, hopefully, it just concerns everybody at a human level. And I say that as somebody who knows that my marriage is now, somehow, once again, up for debate in this town.

But also, if you think about it from a more dollars and cents point of view-- and I say this as a mayor who was leading my city in Indiana when then Governor Pence pushed a notably anti-LGBTQ bill that was really devastating to the reputation, the business community of my state.

And actually, it was the revolt of a lot of business leaders, Republican and Democratic, that helped force then Govenor Pence to backtrack. I do think we have to face what message it sends to our own private sector and to the global community, when 3/4 of the members of Congress from one of our two major political parties went out there and said in 2022 that they are against marriage equality in the United States.