Mike Pence is vacationing in Aspen this week for the holiday, and neighbors reportedly used it as an opportunity to silently protest.
According to a report in the Aspen Times, Pence's neighbors posted a rainbow banner saying "Make America Gay Again" at the end of his driveway. Sheriff Deputy Michael Buglione told The Aspen Times that Pence's vacation neighbors posted the banner after he arrived on Tuesday. A reporter and editor at the Aspen Times tweeted about it, mentioning that the neighbors later offered the secret service agents food.
Neighbors across from the home near Aspen where Vice President Mike Pence is staying hung this banner yesterday. The neighbors later offered Secret Service agents hot chili and corn muffins to ward off the chill, according to a source. pic.twitter.com/10jcHovqEa — Jason Auslander (@JasonAuslander) December 29, 2017
Awesome: #Aspen neighbors let @mike_pence know their feelings with "Make America Gay Again" banner outside where VP is staying. https://t.co/fh4xJwgpvU via @JasonAuslander pic.twitter.com/5j5Zd0ArHF — David Krause (@DavidKrause) December 29, 2017
This isn't the first time the LGBT community has shown up at unexpected places to show their disapproval of Pence. Last December, his neighbors in Washington reportedly flew gay pride flags in protest. Prior to when Pence moved into the Naval Observatory after the inauguration, nearly 200 people protested with a dance party through the neighborhood where he was renting a house. In May, students walked out during his commencement speech at Notre Dame.
Pence has a history of blocking LGBT rights. As a congressman, he opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibited workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Pence also voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. As the Governor of Indiana, he signed a bill that would incarcerate same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses.