Before the Supreme Court makes its decision on gay and lesbian marriage at the end of the month, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana came out in a beautifully worded letter in the the South Bend Tribune. Mayor Pete Buttigieg wrote that sexuality is “part of who I am” and that “It took years of struggle and growth for me to recognize that it’s just a fact of life, like having brown hair…” The fresh-faced and handsome Buttigieg, a first-time Democrat and Navy reservist, described coming to terms with his sexuality as a lengthy process and not confiding in anyone until he was well into adulthood. Now, the 33-year-old, who is running for reelection, feels that being open about being gay will make no difference in whether or not he is qualified to be mayor for another term. “Being gay has had no bearing on my job performance in business, in the military, or in my current role as mayor,” he wrote. “It makes me no better or worse at handling a spreadsheet, a rifle, a committee meeting, or a hiring decision. It doesn’t change how residents can best judge my effectiveness in serving our city: by the progress of our neighborhoods, our economy, and our city services,” he added.