While visiting Aspen, Colo. on vacation this week, Vice President Mike Pence’s temporary neighbors took advantage of the situation to make it clear just they’d like their goal for America to be.
Splashed across a rainbow banner, the words “Make America Gay Again” appeared on a stone pillar in front of the house where Pence and his wife are staying this week.
A Pitkin County deputy and Secret Service members stood watching as the daughters of the couple across the street and one of their girlfriends reportedly draped the rainbow banner on the stone pillar at the end of the driveway, the Aspen Times reported.
The women reportedly became less timid after officials told them, “We’re not here to control your free speech rights.” They even brought out chili and corn muffins to give the county deputies and Secret Service agents who were stationed at the foot of the Pence’s driveway.
The women were likely reacting to the fact that while he was governor of Indiana, Pence signed legislation that critics claimed encouraged discrimination against gay people. He has also opposed repealing the U.S. military’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and once likened marriage equality to “societal collapse”, essentially burning bridges with the LGBTQ community.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said he is in favor of free speech. He noted that Aspen has a long history of irreverence when it comes to powerful people vacationing in the famous ski resort town.
The Pence family arrived to Aspen on Tuesday and are expected to leave next week.
— Aspen Times (@TheAspenTimes) December 30, 2017
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