Mike Pence's neighbors put up a clever banner to protest his homophobia

31 December, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Neighbor of Mike Pence's holiday home hangs rainbow flag with the words Make America Gay Again

Vice President Mike Pence and his family are spending the holidays near Aspen, Colorado, and on Friday, they received a message from their neighbors.

The banner was draped on a stone pillar located at the end of the driveways to Pence's home and that of a cheeky neighbour, the Aspen Times reported.

But Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told the Aspen Times that one of his deputies were on site when a man who lives nearby came over and hung up the brightly-colored banner.

The neighbor's action is not the first time LGBT supporters have protested Pence, who describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order".

Mike Pence is the former governor of Indiana
Mike Pence is the former governor of Indiana

The rainbow banner is hung from a stone pillar near a home that sits across the street from where Pence is staying.

While governor of Indiana, Pence signed legislation that critics said encouraged discrimination against gay people, has previously opposed repealing the US military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and once likened marriage equality to "societal collapse" - positions that have placed him at odds with the LGBTQ community. Pence said on the House floor that he feared the bill "could have a chilling effect on the religious expression and religious freedom of millions of Americans".

In Congress, where he was a member from 2001 to 2013 before becoming IN governor, Pence described traditional marriage as the institution "that forms the backbone of our society". It was later modified by IN legislators who added anti-discrimination provisions.

Since entering the White House, Pence has been less outspoken but in October a shocking report claimed President Trump once joked that the Vice President "wants to hang" all gay people. He also told The Aspen Times that the couple who live in the home brought chili and corn muffins to deputies and Secret Service agents posted at the foot of the driveway. The state went to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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