Vice President Mike Pence woke up to quite a surprise this week while vacationing in Aspen: One of his neighbors hung a rainbow banner reading “Make America Gay Again” at the foot of their driveway.
— Aspen Times (@TheAspenTimes) December 29, 2017
The sign was hung on a stone pillar as a deputy from the Pitkin County Police Department looked on. Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told the Aspen Times the Secret Service also observed the banner being strung up, but didn’t interfere. (Agents told the homeowners, “We’re not here to control your free speech rights.”)
One of the neighbors told the Times the signs were actually hung by the children of the homeowners, “with the full support of their parents.” They reportedly also fed Secret Service agents and deputies chili.
— Aspen Times (@TheAspenTimes) December 30, 2017
It’s not the first time the vice president has been on the receiving end of a gay protest: Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Pence’s neighbors in D.C. hung rainbow pride flags outside their homes, and in January a queer dance party marched from Dupont Circle to the Pence residence in Northwest D.C.
As governor of Indiana, Pence signed broad a religious freedom bill that gave businesses the right to discriminate against LGBT people. He also suggested HIV/AIDS funding in the state would be better spent on conversion therapy for gay people.
The Pences are expected to leave Aspen on New Year’s Day.