'Make America Gay Again' banner hung by lesbian couple outside US Vice President's home

US Vice President Mike Pence.
US Vice President Mike Pence. Photo credit: Getty / File

US Vice President Mike Pence encountered a silent protest from his neighbours when he arrived at his holiday house in Aspen, Colorado this week.

A rainbow banner reading 'Make America Gay Again' was wrapped around a pillar outside his home, hung by a lesbian daughter of the couple living next door to him and her partner, according to the Washington Post.

In an email to the Aspen Times, Shannon Slade claimed responsibility for attaching the banner, identifying herself as the daughter's girlfriend.

"[The banners] were actually hung by the daughters of the couple who live in the home, and one of their girlfriends (I'm one of them!) with the full support of their parents," she wrote.

The protest follows an almost two decade-long clash between the LGBT community and notoriously religious Mr Pence, beginning in 2000 during his bid for Congress, when he suggested on his website that "funds should be given to institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour", fuelling speculation that he is an advocate of gay conversion therapy.

During his time as Governor of Indiana in 2015, Mr Pence signed the Religious Freedoms Act into law, which allowed Indiana businesses to legally discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

Mr Pence's tensions with the LGBT community flared up again earlier this year when US President Donald Trump "joked" during a discussion about LGBT rights that Mr Pence "wants to hang [LGBT people] all".

It is unknown whether the banner has been removed from Mr Pence's property.