Rhyan Glezman, a pastor and the brother-in-law of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, told FaithWire’s Tré Goins-Phillips he was disappointed in the way a Washington Post reporter portrayed his views on his brother’s same-sex marriage.
Glezman is the brother of Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, and he accused the Post of framing his quotes in a way that was intended to make him seem homophobic—which he says is far from the truth.
The article in the Post featured Chasten discussing how difficult it was coming out to his family shortly after he graduated high school. He said his family was not accepting at first, leading him to leave home and bounce from friend’s house to friend’s house, or to sleep in his car.
Eventually, Chasten told the Post, his parents welcomed him home and supported his sexuality. But Chasten also said his brothers never fully got over it.
The article features a single quote from Glezman, in which he says: “I want the best for him. I just don’t support the gay lifestyle.”
Glezman told FaithWire that one quote might fit a narrative of the anti-gay Christian, but it doesn’t accurately represent how he treated or how he feels about his brother.
“I love my brother dearly. He’s my brother. That’s never gonna change,” Glezman said.
Glezman said he has hosted Chasten’s previous boyfriends, and that he went to a baseball game with Chasten and Pete last year. He rejected the narrative that he shunned his brother because of his sexuality.
“They took a couple little quotes out of that whole 40 minutes and it obviously was to fit their narrative, just to be honest,” Glezman said.
Glezman said his concern is not solely, or even primarily focused on Chasten’s sexuality, but rather he is concerned about the state of their faith. He fears Chasten is neglecting Christ and that Pete is using a false narrative to boost his campaign.
He also said he feels he has been more alienated by his family for his faith than Chasten has been for his sexuality.
“The further I get into my relationship with Christ,” Glezman said. “The further my family distances themselves from me. That’s the truth.”