‘Make America Gay Again’ Flag Hung to Protest Pence’s Visit

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No matter where he moves, Mike Pence can’t seem to avoid that pesky gay agenda.

Over the holidays, Vice President Mike Pence and his family stayed in Aspen, Colorado — where they were welcomed with a big, gay banner.

Their next door neighbors hung a banner on their shared pillar. The banner depicted a rainbow pride flag with the words “Make America Gay Again,” according to the Aspen Times.

One source claimed the banner came from the daughters of the couple that lives there. Their friends assisted as well.

A deputy was at the scene when a man came out and put up the banner, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told the Aspen Times.

"He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who'd tell him he couldn't do it," DiSalvo said. “When they said, 'We're not here to control your free speech rights,' they came out with chili and began feeding them.”

Pence has an anti-gay past. He signed the discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which he later backpedaled) and opposed repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Last year, two hundred protesters participated in a “queer dance party” outside Pence’s rented Washington, D.C. home to protest his homophobic history.

“We come in all shapes, sizes, colors, beliefs, and we need to respect our diversity,” said Pence’s then-neighbor Joanna Pratt, who has lived there since 1979, according to USA Today. “The LGBT community has had a real struggle to be respected and be accepted, and that’s a sad statement on our country and our culture that they’ve had that struggle.”

In 2016, Pence’s neighbors in Washington, D.C. also raised pride flags. In an act of solidarity against the vice president, neighbors displayed the flags as “a respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking," one Pence neighbor told WJLA. “I have no idea what he will think about, but I hope he will change his mind. This is one way that I can show my disagreement.”


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