By MEG KINNARD Associated Press

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious Black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race’s only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj).

The historically diverse field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is overflowing with options. But it is also forcing conversations about the roles that gender, race and, for the first time, sexuality should play in voters’ decisions.

In this Friday, June 21, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a forum hosted by the Black Economic Alliance in Charleston, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in SouthCarolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are Black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor married his husband, Chasten, in 2018.

In addition to his overt expressions of his Christian faith, Buttigieg also has offered a broad policy agenda for African Americans and has been outspoken on the issue of race. This month, he became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to hire a faith outreach director.