INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City and Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane from Anderson today issued the following statement after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced he was coming out as gay:

“Pete Buttigieg already has proven that he is one of our state’s shining leaders, both through his commitment to public service as mayor of South Bend and his dedication to our country as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve.

“Today he has shown one of the true marks of leadership is setting an example for your community, and demonstrating that you are not alone.

“This is just one more step in breaking down the terrible barriers that have needlessly divided so many of us for far too long.

“We are proud to stand with Mayor Buttigieg today and forever. Change is coming, and it’s about time.”

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