Not A Hero’s Welcome: Mike Pence’s New Neighbors Troll Him HARD And It’s FABULOUS (VIDEO
Mike Pence is temporarily renting a house in a liberal Northwestern suburb of Washington, D.C., and residents there are making their feelings known about his stance on LGBT rights. Several of his neighbors have friends in the LGBT community and Rainbow flags are popping up all over the neighborhood. And according to one neighbor, everyone decided to display pride flags as a way to peacefully disagree with the Vice-President elect’s stance on LGBT rights, The Hill reports.
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For Ilse Heintzen, who lives in the neighborhood, it’s a peaceful protest.
“A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking,” Heintzen told WJLA Wednesday.
While not all of the homes on the street have put up flags, many neighbors plan to follow suit soon, she noted.
“I have no idea what he will think about it, but I hope he will change his mind,” Heintzen said.
Pence and his wife Karen are renting a $6,000-a-month home in the ritzy Chevy Chase neighborhood, in D.C.’s Northwest quadrant, until they move into the Naval Observatory, where the Vice President typically stays after taking office, CNN reports. His soon-to-be neighbors are understandably bothered by his cruel and repressive views of the LGBT community.
And these views attracted significant national attention in March 2015 when he signed a measure into law that allowed businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers to protect the businesses’ “religious freedom.” Indiana is the first state to enact this type of measure.
“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.
Fortunately the business community — Apple and the NCAA included — protested the measure, with some companies threatening to boycott the state. Some faith-based organizations also protested, and the Disciples of Christ church group threatened to pull its’ convention out of Indianapolis.
Perhaps somewhat cowed by this, Pence signed a new version of the measure that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. That move upset those among Indiana’s social conservatives.
And Pence has also been involved in other policy issues that could have impacted the LGBT community. In 2014, he and other Indiana conservatives tried to amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages. Fortunately Democrats, and even (surprisingly) some traditionally right-leaning business organizations battled the change and won.
As a Congressman in 2010, Pence attacked efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the federal policy that prohibited openly gay Americans from military service.
“I would still have a problem with it because there’s no question, to mainstream homosexuality within active duty military would have an impact on unit cohesion, would have an impact on recruitment, an impact on readiness, that’s been established and written about and chronicled for many, many years,” he told MSNBC.
Fortunately this law was repealed by Congress in 2011.
Pence has harmed LGBT people in other ways as well
When he ran for congress in 2000, Pence’s website showed a statement that suggested support for conversion therapy, which attempts to change people’s sexual orientation.
“Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior,” Pence’s website stated.
But this “therapy” has been dismissed and regarded as harmful by numerous health organizations. And a review of scientific literature compiled by The American Psychological Association notes it has a long history of not working, Live Science reports. Even worse, research suggests the treatment can increase feelings of self-hatred and anxiety, because it encourages people to fight or hate their sexual orientation, which is something that can’t be changed.
A spokesman for Pence recently told The New York Times that it is “patently false” that the Indiana governor supports conversion therapy. LGBTQ groups are understandably skeptical about this.
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Then there was the now-infamous kerfuffle over school districts allowing students to use the bathroom that suits their gender identity. Pence and other conservatives pushed back on guidelines established by President Barack Obama administration on this issue.
“The federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature,” Pence said in a statement earlier this year, according to CNN. “I am confident that parents, teachers and administrators will continue to resolve these matters without federal mandates and in a manner that reflects the common sense and compassion of our state.”
You can watch Joanna Pratt talk about how she came up with this colorful idea.
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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.
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