Vice President-elect Mike Pence has openly expressed his stance against the LGBTQ+ community. He previously called same-sex marriage a sign of “societal collapse” and dubbed being gay is a choice and that keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
The vice president-elect recently moved into a $6,000/month home In Washington D.C, and his new neighbors are openly disagreeing with his homophobia. To make their message loud and clear, a number of people in the neighborhood have begun putting up pride flags on their homes.
Residents on NW Washington Street where VP Elect Pence is renting a house are sending him a symbolic message. More residents may hang flags pic.twitter.com/fldYsMoP6i— Suzanne Kennedy (@ABC7Suzanne) November 30, 2016
It started with one supporter from the gay community, who suggested purchasing a rainbow flag. Soon others joined in and now pride flags are popping up from every other home on the street.
“I have no idea what [the vice president-elect] will think about, but I hope he will change his mind. This is one way that I can show my disagreement,” said one neighbor, Ilse Heintzen. "A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking.”
Pence also signed the extremely questionable Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gives businesses the right to refuse service to gay people on the basis of religion.
The vice president-elect will move into the Naval Observatory after taking office, but until then, it seems like he has no option but to live in a home surrounded by pride flags. Maybe it will help him get used to the idea that everybody deserves equal rights and their sexual orientation should not prevent them from being treated fairly.