Mike Pence's Neighbors Put Up A "Make America Gay Again" Sign

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Mike Pence's neighbors put up a clever banner to protest his homophobia

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Aspen, Colorado, this week for a holiday vacation - but not without encountering a silent protest from his neighbors in the liberal ski resort town. The VP and Second Lady were greeted this week by a rainbow-hued banner hanging from pillars on the driveway of the Aspen home they rented. The Secret Service removed the banner without incident and didn't charge Slade with any crimes. According to DiSalvo, officials stationed outside the home told the person that they were "not here to control your free speech rights".

"They've been really nice to us", he added.

LGBT advocates have previously showed their opposition to Pence.

Pence, who has often described himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order", has a long history of opposing same-sex marriage and other policies that provide equal protections to members of the LGBT community.

Things escalated further in January when activists held an outdoor "Queer Dance Party" in the neighbourhood, complete with rainbow flags, glow sticks and hula hoops.

As governor of Indiana, Pence famously supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many feared would have allowed discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

He has also been accused of being a proponent of "conversion therapy", a practice which purports to change individuals' sexual orientation via spiritual intervention.

Pence has always been a critic of gay rights. DiSalvo noted that when former president Bill Clinton visited Aspen in the mid-1990s, someone hung a sign that said "Inhale to the Chief" on a large spruce tree.

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