'MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN' - Rainbow flag hung near Mike Pence's vacation home

Marie Harrington
December 31, 2017

The sign says "Make America Gay Again" and it's written on a rainbow background.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said when a man who lives in the home hung the banner, the Secret Service didn't stop him. However, after the Secret Service told him they weren't there to control his "free speech rights", the residents came out with chili and fed the police officers and agents on duty.

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

A dispatcher with the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office referred The Washington Post to the White House press office Saturday, but sheriff's deputy Michael Buglione told the Aspen Times that Pence's next-door neighbors posted the banners shortly after the vice president and his family arrived on Tuesday.

This is not the first time the conservative Republican, who has made several controversial comments on the LGBTQ community, has been targeted by activists.

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Just how anti-LGBT is Mike Pence?

Pence's hardline conservative views are well-known, and in 2006 he supported a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

While serving as a congressman, Pence described traditional marriage as the institution "that forms the backbone of our society" and once feared 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".

While governor of Indiana, Pence signed legislation that critics said encouraged discrimination against gay people, has previously opposed repealing the US military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and once likened marriage equality to "societal collapse" - positions that have placed him at odds with the LGBTQ community. Apple, the NCAA and other major business and political leaders denounced the bill. To keep all of that money in Indiana, Pence had to amend the bill to make it a bit less homophobic.

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