Pence's Colorado neighbors hang 'Make America Gay Again' sign

31 December, 2017, 03:10 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Aspen resident hangs gay pride sign across from home where VP Mike Pence is staying

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

A rainbow flag with the words "Make America Gay Again" was posted at the end of the driveway to both houses, the Aspen Times reports.

Shannon Slade, a girlfriend of one of the daughters in the home next to Pence's rental, admitted to hanging the banner, along with her partner and her partner's sisters. Pence also as a history of opposing the LGBT community. It appeared on a stone pillar in front of the house where Pence and his wife are staying this week.

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

Pence is a Christian conservative who, as governor of IN, attempted to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriages IN 2014.

Pence has regularly been criticized for signing a law as IN governor that many say sanctions discrimination against LGBTQ customers. The national uproar over the divisive bill, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, prompted IN legislators to modify it by adding anti-discrimination protections. 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.

Rumors swirled around that Pence was an advocate of conversion therapy but this was denied by his spokesman.

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The paragraph said federal dollars should go to 'institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior'.

Pence's spokesman, Mark Lotter, told The New York Times a year ago that the vice president does not support conversion therapy, and that his campaign statement was misinterpreted.

Prior to becoming IN governor, Pence was a congressman from 2001 to 2013. The bill was later changed, after intense pressure, to include anti-discrimination language.

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

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo explained to the Aspen Times, "When they said, 'We're not here to control your free speech rights, ' they came out with chili and began feeding them".

Aspen is a community that strongly supported Hillary Clinton in her 2016 presidential bid.

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