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Gay activists troll Vice President Pence with sign: 'Make America gay again'

31 December 2017

"Make America Gay Again", reads a rainbow banner posted on the stone pillars at the end of the driveway of the home where Pence and his wife, Karen, are staying.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told the Aspen Times that one of his deputies was present when a man emerged from his home and draped the banner over a stone pillar.

'You couldn't miss it, ' Buglione told The Aspen Times of the sign off Owl Creek Road, adding that the man and woman who live in the home brought chili and corn muffins to deputies and Secret Service agents stationed at the foot of the driveway.

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While governor of Indiana, Pence signed legislation that critics said encouraged discrimination against gay people, has previously opposed repealing the USA military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and once likened marriage equality to "societal collapse" - positions that have placed him at odds with the LGBTQ community. It was later modified by IN legislators who added anti-discrimination provisions. But those only applied in cities, some of which are the most liberal in the state, where such protections already exist locally.

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Pence arrived in Aspen on Tuesday according to the report.

'He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who'd tell him he couldn't do it, ' DiSalvo told the newspaper.

Aspen is the county seat of Pitkin, where Hillary Clinton defeated Trump by a significant margin: 69.7 percent to 24.3 percent. Clinton also won Colorado with a almost 3 percent lead.

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Gay activists troll Vice President Pence with sign: 'Make America gay again'