Mike Pence's Christmas neighbors in Colorado hang 'Make America Gay Again' banner

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U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and family were greeted by a rainbow-coloured "Make America Gay Again" banner when they arrived at their Aspen, Colo. holiday home.

Neighbors didn't return a request for comment from The Aspen Times, but resident Shannon Slade, did say in an e-mail to the publication that the flag was hung by "daughters of the couple who live in the home, and one of their girlfriends with the full support of their parents".

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". 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.

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

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. Pence also has opposed a law prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace, as well as the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - the military policy that prohibited soldiers who openly identified as gay.

Pence has always been a critic of gay rights. Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said in a statement to The Post that the lengthy piece with the headline, "The Danger of President Pence", is "unsubstantiated" and filled with "untrue and offensive" claims. DiSalvo noted that when former president Bill Clinton visited Aspen in the mid-1990s, someone hung a sign that said "Inhale to the Chief" on a large spruce tree. Clinton won Colorado with a almost 3 percent lead.


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