Vice President Mike Pence arrived for a holiday stay at his Aspen, Colorado, home this week and was greeted by a colorful rainbow banner that read: “Make America Gay Again," The Washington Post reported.
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.
What is his history with the LGBT community?
As Indiana governor, he signed into law legislation that gives businesses the ability to discriminate against the LGBT community, according to the Post. The bill, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, led to a national protest. It was later modified by Indiana legislators who added anti-discrimination provisions. But the provisions only applied to some of the most liberal cities in the state, which already had protections in place, according to the Post.
Prior to becoming Indiana governor, Pence was a congressman from 2001 to 2013. In that role, he advocated 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.
Why did this happen in Aspen?
Aspen is a community that strongly supported Hillary Clinton in her 2016 presidential bid. Aspen is in Pitkin County, where Clinton defeated Trump by winning 69.7 percent of the vote, compared to 24.3 percent for Trump. Clinton also won Colorado with a nearly 3 percent lead. Barack Obama also led the state in 2008 and 2012.