Vice President Mike Pence’s neighbors in Aspen, CO decided to teach him what for by draping a “Make America Gay Again” flag over a stone pillar in front of the house where the Pences are vacationing this week.
The family across the street and a friend reportedly draped the rainbow flag over the pillar between the homes while a Pitkin County deputy and Secret Service members stood watch, according to the Aspen Times.
“You couldn’t miss it,” said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione. “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,” said Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.
According to the Times, the Secret Service agents were unfazed when the banner was draped over the pillar, telling the neighbors, “We’re not here to control your free speech rights.”
After the women realized they weren’t about to get carted off in cuffs, they warmed up to the officers and later brought over chili and corn muffins to the men stationed at the foot of the driveway.
“They’ve been really nice to us.”
The residents of the home did not answer the door or respond to a note left Friday asking for comment about the banner. However, late Friday night, a resident of the home emailed The Aspen Times a brief correction to DiSalvo’s comment.
“(The banners) were actually hung by the daughters of the couple who live in the home, and one of their girlfriends (I’m one of them!) with the full support of their parents,” Shannon Slade wrote in the email.
Mike Pence, who describes himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” once likened gay marriage to “societal collapse.” While governor of Indiana, he also signed legislation which critics say encouraged discrimination against gays.
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