The daughters of the couple across the street and one of their girlfriends reportedly draped the rainbow banner on the pillar while a Pitkin County deputy and Secret Service members stood nearby, the Aspen Times reported. But in Aspen, Colo., this week, Vice President Mike Pence has something different posted between his vacation lodging and that of the people next door.
Pence has notoriously supported legislation that critics say discriminates against gay people. However, after the Secret Service told him they weren't there to control his "free speech rights", the residents came out with chili and fed the police officers and agents on duty. The VP and Second Lady were greeted this week by a rainbow-hued banner hanging from pillars on the driveway of the Aspen home they rented.
He said the man and other neighbours have been "really nice" to authorities.
Pence is a Christian conservative who, as governor of IN, attempted to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriages IN 2014.
Pence has a long history of opposition to LGBTQ equality, including promoting conversion therapy, opposing funding to fight HIV/AIDS, opposing marriage equality, and promoting religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws.
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Mike Pence and his wife are spending the week in Aspen, Colorado, but some his neighbors were not happy to see him.
He has also been accused of being a proponent of "conversion therapy", a practice which purports to change individuals' sexual orientation via spiritual intervention.
Pence's spokesman, Mark Lotter, told The New York Times past year that the vice president does not support conversion therapy, and that his campaign statement was misinterpreted.
According to a New Yorker report in October, President Donald Trump joked that Pence wanted to "hang" all gay people in a meeting with a legal expert.