Despite some of his policies like the Transgender Military ban, Donald Trump tweeted about June being Gay Pride Month. His Vice President, Mike Pence, may not feel the same way. Pence has a history of both opposing gay rights and attempting to enact laws that would allow gays to be discriminated against.
While Trump did acknowledge Gay Pride Month, his administration turned down numerous embassy requests to fly the rainbow flag. Today, Pence discussed the choice to deny the requests, referring to it as, “the right decision.”
The Vice President said that while, “he’s proud to serve every American,” the decision was more about the American flag. He told reporters:
“We both feel that way, very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies. I think it’s the right decision, and we put no restrictions on displaying any other flags or any other displays at our embassies beyond that.”
It’s a diplomatic answer from Pence who has face frequent criticisms for his views on Gay rights. This year, the Democratic primary features an openly Gay candidate in Pete Buttigieg, who like Pence, hails from Indiana.
Buttigieg said of Pence, “I don’t have a problem with religion, I’m religious too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people.” Pence simply responded to the South Bend Mayor’s critique by saying, “I hope that Pete will offer more to the American people than attacks on my Christian faith or attacks on the president as he seeks the highest office in the land.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.