Neighbors of Vice President Mike Pence hang rainbow flag outside his Aspen home
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News January 1, 2018 Updated: 6:22 PM EDT
Vice President Mike Pence had some surprises for the holidays. Headed to Aspen, Colorado, for a holiday vacation with his family, Vice President Mike Pence arrived to a silent protest from his neighbors. There was a rainbow banner posted on the stone pillars at the end of the driveway of the home where Pence and his wife, Karen, are staying for the holidays. The banner read, "Make America Gay Again." Service agents were not bothered by the banner and were cordial with the residents who posted it.
More than once while on the campaign trail Pence, described himself as "a Christian first, a conservative and a Republican, in that order," and has a long history of opposing same-sex marriage and other policies that provide equal protections to members of the LGBT community.
This is not the first time activist for gay rights have directed their attention to Pence. Shortly after the election, residents of Chevy Chase hoisted rainbow flags outside their homes following news that Pence and family would live there temporarily before moving to the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory. A month later, gay rights activists danced through the neighborhood up to the house Pence rented for inaugural events.
As governor of Indiana, Pence signed into law l the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Gay rights advocated said, “The Legislation would allow businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.”
Pence once stated, “federal dollars should not go to organizations "that celebrates and encourages types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus" and funds should, instead, be given to "institutions, which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior."
Pence has also said, “Traditional marriage as the institution "that forms the backbone of our society." Citing a Harvard University sociologist.” He went on to say, "Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family." He opposed legislation that would have expanded federal hate-crime statutes to include protections based on gender, disability and sexual orientation.
Political analysts believe Pence will soften his stance on gays because he will be afraid of the controversy if he seeks another term as Vice President in 2020 or maybe, the Presidency.