Sunday, 18 November, 2018

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

Mike Pence's neighbors put up a clever banner to protest his homophobia Mike Pence's neighbors put up a clever banner to protest his homophobia
Charlie Simmons | 31 December, 2017, 06:05

Specifically, it's a rainbow banner reading "Make America Gay Again".

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

Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Buglione told the newspaper the couple living in the house first thought the Secret Service or law enforcement might question the family's right to hang the flag, but they weren't stopped.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said one of his deputies was present when the man who lives in the home came out and draped the banner. Pence also criticized efforts to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell", the federal policy banning openly gay Americans from serving in the military.

"They've been really nice to us", DiSalvo told The Aspen Times.

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The women reportedly became less timid afterward, and later brought out chili and corn muffins for the county deputies and Secret Service agents who were stationed at the foot of the driveway.

Pence, a staunch conservative, has regularly been targeted for his deeply Christian beliefs and past history of advocating for legislation that could adversely affect the LGBTQ community.

As governor of IN, IN 2015, Pence signed a bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that "essentially legalized discrimination against homosexuals by businesses IN the state", the New Yorker reported. Later, he signed an amendment to that law that protects that community.

Fox News confirmed the Aspen Times's reporting that Pence's family arrived Tuesday and is expected to stay until New Year's Day. The banner reads "Make America Gay Again" - a play on President Donald Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again".

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