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Rainbow Flags Fly in Pence’s DC Neighborhood

While staying in a rented home in Washington, a few of Vice President-Elect Mike Pence’s neighbors, are hanging LGBT flags to protest his views on their community.

The Hill reports:

Mike Pence’s new D.C. neighbors are flying rainbow flags to taunt the vice president-elect over his stance on LGBT rights.

Pence is temporarily renting a house in a Northwest Washington, where several of his neighbors have friends who are members of the LGBT community. According to one of the neighbors, they decided a peaceful way to show their disagreement with Pence’s stance on LGBT rights was to hang the pride flag.

“A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking,” Ilse Heintzen, one of Pence’s new neighbors, told WJLA on Wednesday.

Not every home on the street has joined in the movement, WJLA reported, but other neighbors plan to join those who have put up flags.

“I have no idea what he will think about it, but I hope he will change his mind,” Heintzen said.

In January, Pence will move to the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.

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

Pence has clashed with the LGBT community in the past on gay marriage and other positions. In 2006, Pence supported an amendment that defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman and said gay marriage would cause a “societal collapse.” He also opposed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and signed the controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which the LGBT community said permitted discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He later removed the wording that critics said would have lead to discrimination.

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