To welcome Vice President-elect Mike Pence to Washington D.C. his new neighbors are displaying rainbow flags on their porches and lawns to send a message of equality to the soon-to-be former Indiana governor to counter his extensive anti-LGBTQ record as an elected official .
Several rainbow flags have been displayed around his home in Chevy Chase, which is only temporary until he can move into the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
“A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking,” Ilse Heintzen, one of the neighbors, told WJLA. “I have no idea what (the vice president elect) will think about, but I hope he will change his mind,” she added.
As Governor, Pence underscored his anti-LGBTQ record in 2015 with his “license to discriminate” bill that could have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people — and subsequently defending the bill over an outcry from the business community and a majority of Hoosier voters. In a now notorious interview with ABC last year, Pence refused to answer eight separate times when asked whether businesses should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Pence also opposes marriage equality and Department of Education guidelines supporting transgender students. When serving in Congress, he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, calling it a “radical social agenda.”
For more information on Pence’s anti-LGBTQ record, click here.