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Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during a gathering of the National Action Network April 4, 2019 in New York. - The National Action Network is a not-for-profit, civil rights organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters interrupted Pete Buttigieg in Iowa on Tuesday, as the openly gay mayor of South Bend continued campaigning for president.

“Remember Sodom and Gomorrah!” one protester shouted at Buttigieg, describing him as a “baby killer.”

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Josh Lederman

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Another protester interrupting ⁦@PeteButtigieg⁩ with chants of “remember Sodom and Gomorrah”

Supporters responded by chanting, “Pete! Pete! Pete!”

“The good news is the condition of my soul is in the hands of God,” Buttigieg replied to his supporters. “But the Iowa caucuses are up to you.”

In Fort Dodge, a protester shouted that Buttigieg had betrayed his baptism. Iowa supporters booed the protester until he was escorted out by security.

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Alexandra Jaffe

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Here’s video of that protester at Buttigieg’s Fort Dodge town hall, and his response:

“Coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes,” Buttigieg quipped back.

“That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator,” he added. “I’d do it differently. We ought to be able to do it differently.”

On the campaign trail, Buttigieg frequently speaks about his husband Chasten and his life as a gay American.

“Our marriage exists by the grace of a single vote on the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said in Des Moines.

The protests were reportedly organized by religious activist Randall Terry of Operation Rescue.

Terry said that Buttigieg “glorifies and normalizes a sinful behavior” and said he would continue heckling his campaign events, according to reporters at the event.

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Alexandra Jaffe

@ajjaffe

Randall Terry, a religious activist and protester, came here with another protester to speak out against Buttigieg, because he “glorifies and normalizes a sinful behavior.” He drove from Memphis & plans to protest at Pete Buttigieg’s events tomorrow as well.

Despite the hubbub, hundreds of Iowa supporters came out to hear Buttigieg’s stump speech. Organizers estimated that 1,650 people appeared at his campaign rally in Des Moines.

Josh Lederman

@JoshNBCNews

Now updated to 1,650 per crowd count from the owner of the rally site

Josh Lederman

@JoshNBCNews

Buttigieg campaign says crowd estimate for tonight’s Des Moines rally is 1,250 people

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