BY SARA BURNETT and HUNTER WOODALL, Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Though Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has yet to announce he is officially running for president, he's now polling in third place behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, in an Emerson poll of likely Iowa caucus voters. In January, he was in last place.
Buttigieg told voters Saturday that his marriage to his husband exists "by the grace of a single vote on the U.S. Supreme Court."
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor visited South Carolina for the first time since announcing his presidential exploratory committee. The 37-year-old would be the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party.
Buttigieg referenced the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling that granted, in a 5-4 decision, same-sex couples a right to marry. He married his husband, Chasten Glezman, last year.
Speaking in Columbia, South Carolina, Buttigieg recalled when his father was undergoing chemotherapy and his mother learned she needed a triple bypass as an example of what's at stake in the 2020 presidential election.
Buttigieg said Glezman was able to stay at the hospital with his mother while he went to tell his father because his husband "is a member of our family."
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