Pence’s Aspen neighbors hang “Make America Gay Again banner”
A big stir has happened recently, causing quite an uproar. While Vice President Mike Pence was on vacation at a home located in Aspen, Colorado, he was greeted with a gay pride flag, draped at the end of the driveway. The flag, apparently was put up by the neighbors daughters, where Pence is staying. Vice President Mike Pence, has been an advocate for gay rights for quite some time.
A friend of the young women involved, named Shannon Slade, mentioned this to the Aspen Times press in an interview. It seems that Vice President Mike Pence, was out for a holiday vacation when all of this happened. Neighbors living in this ski resort town, couldn’t help themselves by protesting albeit rather silently.
While this is a distraction for Vice President Mike Pence, he did read the words on the banner which read: “Make America Gay Again”. It is unknown, just how long the rainbow colored banner was hanging for. Pence and his wife Karen, were at the residence while this happened.
It is believed that these girls specifically raised this flag for Pence trying to capture attention. It is unknown, whether or not they themselves are gay or not. Perhaps they are just making a political statement. The girls were told, ‘We’re not here to control your free speech rights”.
Afterward, the couple came outside with chili and corn muffins and began feeding the agents surrounding this location. One agent named DiSalvo said: “They’ve been really nice to us”. Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione mentioned in an interview that the couple living in the house first thought that local law enforcement and/or the Secret Service would question this family’s right to hang the flag, but they weren’t stopped at all.
Vice President Mike Pence has been a critic of gay rights, since he famously supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Some believed that this would have allowed some sort of discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
While Pence was governor of Indiana, he later approved specific changes which in fact protected the gay community. Pence also has opposed laws which prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. He has also repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prohibited soldiers who identified themselves as gay.
Vice President Mike Pence, has often described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican”.
The residents of Aspen didn’t mind the banner nor did it seem to locally cause any types of tensions between people there.
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.
(Source: USA Today)