Mike Pence’s new neighbours are putting up rainbow flags

WJLA / Flickr

WJLA / Flickr

Hope not hate.

When vice president-elect Mike Pence returns home after a long day doing… We’re not quite sure what, his secret service detail will drive him down a leafy street past a whole host of rainbow flags.

Because the word has been spread around a quiet Washington DC superb that the VPE is renting a house, and his new neighbours have decided to send him a message.

Pence has possibly one of the worst political track records when it comes to LGBT rights. He’s been been governor of Indiana since 2013 and has repeatedly and consistently shown an anti-LGBT stance in his politics.

In 2006, he supported a motion that would change the constitution defining specifically that marriage was between a man and a woman.

And back in 2000, Pence wrote on his campaign website, in a section called Strengthening the American Family: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

Speaking to local news station WJLA, one neighbour explained that the rainbow flags were a subtle and “respectful” message to Pence, showing “disagreement with some of his thinking.”

Neighbour Ilse Heintzen added to the station: “I have no idea what [the vice president-elect] will think about, but I hope he will change his mind.”

Watch the report from WJLA below:

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