Mike Pence's Aspen Neighbors Hang Up 'Make America Gay Again' Sign

Glen Norman
December 31, 2017

The banner, first reported by The Aspen Times, was put up on Wednesday or Thursday by a neighbor who presumably takes issue with Pence's deeply conservative stance on marriage equality and LBGTQ rights.

The Pence family, who arrived in Aspen on Tuesday for a holiday vacation, is expected to leave on Monday and head back to the Eagle County Airport.

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.

"You couldn't miss it", Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Buglione told the 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 told the newspaper.

The Secret Service agents were not at all disturbed about the banner, Buglione said. "When they said, 'We're not here to control your free speech rights, ' (he) came out with chili and began feeding them".

He continued: "They've been really nice to us". However, late Friday night, a resident of the home emailed The Aspen Times a brief correction to DiSalvo's comment.

Shannon Slade, a girlfriend of one of the daughters in the home next to Pence's rental, admitted to hanging the banner, along with her partner and her partner's sisters.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have spent the past week at their residence in Aspen, Colorado. Pence also as a history of opposing the LGBT community.

In 2006, Pence supported a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

As Indiana governor, he signed into law legislation that gives businesses the ability to discriminate against the LGBT community, according to the Post.

In 2007, Pence spoke against a bill that would protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace.

Over and over again, Pence has voted to prohibit same-sex marriage and permit anti-LGBT discrimination.

A paragraph on Pence's campaign website when he ran for Congress in 2000 fueled speculations that he is an advocate of conversion therapy, a practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation that is banned in several states and discredited by medical organizations.

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