'Make America Gay Again' sign greets Mike Pence in Colorado


The Aspen Times reported that just across the street from the banner, which states "Make America Gay Again", is Vice President Mike Pence.

The Pence family's neighbors hung the above banner on a pillar at the end of the two houses' shared driveway, The Aspen Times reported Friday.

The women reportedly became less timid afterward, and later brought out chili and corn muffins for the county deputies and Secret Service agents who were stationed at the foot of the driveway.

"They've been really nice to us", he added.

"We're not here to control your free speech rights", one of the agents said.

The banner was hung either Wednesday or Thursday from a stone pillar outside Aspen, according to The Aspen Times.

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This isn't the first time that Pence's neighbours have taken it upon themselves to deliver a message of LGBTQ tolerance to the staunchly conservative Republican.

As governor of Indiana, Pence famously supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many feared would have allowed discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Later, he signed an amendment to that law that protects that community.

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 a year ago that the vice president does not support conversion therapy, and that his campaign statement was misinterpreted.

Pence arrived in Aspen on Tuesday according to the report. The words are a riff on President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again", but serve as a clear message to Pence who has openly held anti-LGBTQ beliefs during his time in the public office.