Daily US Times: The US transportation secretary and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination Pete Buttigieg and his husband have announced the birth of adopted twins.
In a post to social media on Saturday, Buttigieg said: “Chasten and I … are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family.”
Last month, the couple announced that they were engaged in the adoption process. Sharing a picture of the babies on Saturday, the Buttigiegs said they were “beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents”.
One of the twins is named for Pete Buttigieg’s father, Joseph, a Notre Dame professor who died in 2019.
Buttigieg is a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He came from obscurity to make a very strong impression in the Democratic presidential primary in 2020.
Pete Buttigieg, 39, is now the first out gay parent in the United States cabinet, having already become the first openly gay person to be confirmed by the US Senate for a cabinet post.
In July, the Washington Post reported the couple had put themselves on lists to adopt a baby or babies abandoned or surrendered, and were preparing by “going through home studies and parenting workshops, writing up descriptions of their family values and ideal weekends”.
Buttigieg’s husband Chasten is a part-time drama school teacher.
Buttigieg and Chasten met in 2015 on the dating app Hinge and married three years later.