Pence neighbors in Aspen hang 'Make America Gay Again' banner

31 December, 2017, 06:39 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Neighbors across the street from a home in Aspen Colo. where Vice President Mike Pence and his wife are staying draped a rainbow banner that said 'Make America Gay Again.'

"(The banners) were actually hung by the daughters of the couple who live in the home, and one of their girlfriends (I'm one of them!) with the full support of their parents", Shannon Slade wrote in the email.

Reactions to the rainbow flag near his vacation home have been mixed on Twitter.

Protesters showed up the following month, dancing their way through the neighborhood and to the house Pence had rented ahead of the inauguration.

As Indiana governor, Pence signed into law a controversial bill that advocates said would allow businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill caused national outrage and IN lawmakers were eventually pressured into including some anti-discrimination provisions amid threats of companies boycotting the state. But the provisions only applied to some of the most liberal cities in the state, which already had protections in place, according to the Post.

This isn't the first time neighbors of the Pence family have trolled the vice president with rainbow colors.

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While serving as a congressman, Pence described traditional marriage as the institution "that forms the backbone of our society" and once expressed fear that marriage equality legislation would lead to "societal collapse". According to Mike Pence gay is a choice, and he has said keeping gays from marrying is not discrimination but an enforcement of "God's idea".

"Pence's Christian conservative views are so well known that the New Yorker reported back in October that the president once joked that Pence 'Want to hang" gay people.

In Aspen, the banner didn't seem to cause tension.

The Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo, said the area had a "history of irreverrance", The Times reported.

Aspen is a community that strongly supported Hillary Clinton in her 2016 presidential bid. Clinton also won Colorado with a almost 3 percent lead. The state went to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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