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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg warned of the high stakes surrounding Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s potential confirmation to the Supreme Court, including the marriage of LGBTQ couples.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Buttigieg about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s views on court-packing, the act of adding more justices to shift the ideological balance. 

The former vice president said most recently on an ABC News town hall held this past week that “he is not a fan” of court-packing but will state his position before Election Day, depending on the confirmation process for Barrett.

Buttigieg on Sunday said his views supporting the expanding of the court “haven’t changed,” and pointed to the policies at play in Barrett’s potential confirmation by the Senate. 

“We don’t want to allow this president to change the subject, which is what they are always doing,” Buttigieg told Wallace. “There are all kinds of interesting questions on the future of the American judiciary, but right now as we speak the pre-existing condition coverage of millions of Americans might depend on what is about to happen in the senate with regard to this justice.”

“My marriage might depend on what is about to happen in the senate with regard to this justice,” Buttigieg added.

In the confirmation hearing, Barrett refused to comment on the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings protecting LGBTQ rights and the legalization of birth control because she “can’t grade precedent.” She also recently apologized for using the term “sexual preference” when referring to LGBTQ Americans’ sexual orientation during her hearing.

Wallace also asked Buttigieg about his previous criticism of Biden’s vote supporting the Iraq war. Last year during the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, Buttigieg slammed then-fellow candidate Biden’s vote as “an example of why years in Washington is not always the same thing as judgment.” Biden has since walked back his vote and previous stance that supported use of military force against Iraq, which sparked severe criticism.

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Buttigieg doubled down on his belief that invading Iraq was “a mistake” but added, “we are not going to take lessons on Iraq policy from this current president who can barely keep straight what’s going on in the Middle East and is a destabilizing force everywhere he goes.”

He added that “we need to turn the page” from a “president who is incapable of handling a public health crisis that has now cost almost a quarter of a million American lives, thrown our economy into a total wreckage, and clearly has no plan to do anything about it.”

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