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Mike Pence's temporary neighbors in Washington silently protest against him with LGBT pride flags

Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s temporary neighbors have sent a not-so-welcome message criticizing his stance on gay rights.

Residents in northwest Washington, D.C., near where Pence is renting a house have begun flying LGBT pride flags from their homes. 

“A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking,” neighbor Ilse Heintzen told WJLA-TV.

Pence has long been an opponent of gay rights.

As governor of Indiana, he signed a measure into law last year that would have allowed businesses to reject gay and lesbian customers on grounds of religious freedom. He later signed a revised version of the law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

As a congressman in 2010, Pence criticized efforts to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy governing gays in the military. And during his congressional run in 2000, he posted a statement on his campaign website that was widely perceived to support the discredited practice of gay conversion therapy. A spokesman rejected that conclusion recently, telling the New York Times that the statement had been misinterpreted.

Washington itself is a heavily Democratic city; Hillary Clinton won nearly 93% of the vote there in last month's election.

Pence's rental is listed at $6,000 per month. According to WJLA, "roughly a half-dozen pride flags" fly on the block, with more to come.

Pence will move into the official vice presidential mansion at the Naval Observatory, also in northwest Washington, after Vice President Joe Biden moves out.

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