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'Make America Gay Again': Mike Pence gets trolled with rainbow flag

31 December 2017

Mike Pence's holiday home neighbors have posted a rainbow banner featuring the slogan "Make America Gay Again" on their property, trolling the vice president who is known for his conservative views.

The Pence family's neighbors hung the above banner on a pillar at the end of the two houses' shared driveway, The Aspen Times reported Friday.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said when a man who lives in the home hung the banner, the Secret Service didn't stop him.

This isn't the first time that Pence has been greeted with LGBT pride messages.

Pence, who has a long history of opposing policies providing equal protections for homosexual Americans, often describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order".

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Prior to becoming vice president, then-Indiana Governor Pence signed a religious freedom bill into law in 2015, only to issue a clarification after the state was threatened with widespread boycotts over concerns the law discriminated against the LBGT community. As a Representative for IN, he voted against a bill banning discrimination against homosexuals. The bill, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, led to a national protest.

In Congress, where he was a member from 2001 to 2013 before becoming IN governor, Pence described traditional marriage as the institution "that forms the backbone of our society". During a House floor speech, he cited a report that said "societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family", according to the report.

Buglione, the sheriff's deputy, told the Aspen Times that the Secret Service agents were not bothered by the banner and were cordial with the residents who posted it.

President Donald Trump once said of Pence, during a conversation about gay rights, "Don't ask that guy - he wants to hang them all", according to the New Yorker.

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

'Make America Gay Again': Mike Pence gets trolled with rainbow flag