Anti-LGBT protesters interrupted a rally held in Texas this week by 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
The Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., took the taunts in stride.
Buttigieg, who married his husband last year, cited his own military service at one point.
He said he went to Afghanistan “to defend that man’s freedom of speech” in response to one outburst.
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, another candidate in the crowded Democratic primary, stood up for his competitor.
“Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred,” he tweeted. “Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon.”
Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred. Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon. https://t.co/IhRDtIBREb
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 4, 2019
Facing similar protests earlier in the campaign, the youngest candidate in the field was able to steer the message back to 2020 in short order.
“The good news is the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you,” Buttigieg said.