Vice President Mike Pence’s neighbors hung a ‘Make America Gay Again’ banner outside his Aspen-area residence, according to a report published Friday.
The neighbors posted the words, which were written on a rainbow flag, on a stone pillar that sits at the end of the driveways to both homes, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione told The Aspen Times. The daughters of the couple across the street and one of their girlfriends reportedly draped the rainbow banner on the pillar while a Pitkin County deputy and Secret Service members stood nearby.
In an email to the Aspen Times, a neighbor’s daughter and her friend admitted to hanging the banner on a stone pillar at the end of the driveway, according to published reports. The two reportedly posted it shortly after Pence and his family arrived Tuesday.
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.” Pence also as a history of opposing the LGBT community.
When Pence announced he was temporarily moving to the affluent Chevy Chase neighborhood in Washington, D.C., residents there posted rainbow flags outside their homes. Pence lived there prior to moving into the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
Protesters also danced through the streets of the neighborhood and in front of the house Pence was renting before he took office, according to published reports.
LGBT advocates have previously showed their opposition to Pence.
In December, residents in the affluent Washington neighborhood of Chevy Chase hoisted rainbow flags outside their homes following news that Pence, then newly elected, would live there temporarily before moving to the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
Pence has described himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” He has opposed legislation prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.