Vice President Mike Pence met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and then addressed American soldiers to outline President Donald Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan. (Dec. 21)
Vice President Mike Pence got a chilly reception in ski countryÂ this week when a multicolored flag statingÂ “Make America Gay Again” was draped at the end of the driveway of the home he is staying near in Aspen.Â
The flag was hung on a stone post by the daughtersÂ of the family who lives next door to the house where Pence is staying, a friend of the young women, Shannon Slade, told the Aspen Times.Â
Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione told the newspaper the couple living in the house first thought the Secret Service or law enforcement might question the family’s right to hang the flag, but they weren’t stopped.Â
After being told, ‘We’re not here to control your free speech rights,” the couple came out with chili and corn muffins and began feeding the agents, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvoÂ said.Â
“They’ve been really nice to us,” heÂ added.Â
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Pence has long been a critic of gay rights.
As governor of Indiana, Pence famously supported theÂ Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which manyÂ feared would have allowed discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Pence eventually approved changes to the law thatÂ protectedÂ that community. Pence also has opposed a law prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace, as well as the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” â€”Â the military policy that prohibited soldiers who openly identified as gay.Â
Aspen area residents are known to speak their mind no matter who comes to town. DiSalvo noted that when former president Bill Clinton visited Aspen in the mid-1990s, someone hung a sign that said “Inhale to the Chief” on a large spruce tree. The reference was poking fun at Clinton who acknowledged trying marijuana when he was a Rhodes scholar in England, but claimed he didn’t inhale.Â