Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten have become parents

Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten have become first-time parents, the transportation secretary announced on Tuesday.

Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. transportation secretary, said on Tuesday that he and his husband, Chasten, were completing the process of becoming parents.

“The process isn’t done yet and we’re thankful for the love, support, and respect for our privacy that has been offered to us,” Mr. Buttigieg, the first openly gay cabinet member confirmed by the Senate, wrote on Twitter. “We can’t wait to share more soon.”

The Buttigieges, who did not respond to phone calls and messages seeking more details about the announcement, had been exploring adoption in recent months.

Mr. Buttigieg, 39, wed Chasten, 32, in 2018, about 10 months before starting his presidential campaign. As Mr. Buttigieg’s national profile grew, he and Chasten, a former middle school teacher, have often worked to challenge perceptions of gay relationships.

“They are on lists that would allow them to receive a baby who has been abandoned or surrendered at very little notice, and through lengthier processes that would allow a prospective mother to choose them in advance (although she wouldn’t know their identities). They’ve gotten close enough, on multiple occasions, to shop for baby gear and discuss names,” the newspaper said of the Buttigieges.

The couple received an outpouring of support and well wishes on Tuesday, including from first lady Jill Biden, who shared the secretary’s tweet and added: “Congratulations to you and @Chasten! Welcome to parenthood!”

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland also celebrated the news in a tweet, writing, “Being a parent has been one of the great joys of my life. Congrats to you and Chasten on this terrific news!”And Lis Smith, who served as Pete Buttigieg’s top communications adviser during his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also cheered the announcement from her former boss’ family, writing in her own tweet: “They will be the best dads.”

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