Vice President Mike Pence called the Trump administration's decision to prohibit U.S. embassies from flying the rainbow pride flag on their flagpoles during LGBTQ Pride Month “the right decision" in an interview with NBC News.
When asked about arguments that the policy contradicts the Trump administration's claim to be a leader in promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide, especially since embassies had been allowed to fly the flag on their flagpoles during the Obama administration, Pence said "As the president said on the night we were elected, we're proud to be able to serve every American. 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."
The vice president pointed out that the Trump administration had "put no restrictions" on the pride flag flying elsewhere at U.S. embassies, such as inside the building or putting banners up on the exterior walls of buildings.
Business Insider reported that the vice president, who has repeatedly insisted that marriage can only take place between a man and a woman, has a long history of decision against the LGBTQ community.
When he first ran for Congress in 2000, Pence suggested that federal money used to fund HIV/AIDS research should be diverted to "conversion therapy" programs which try to change people's sexual orientation.
He also voted in 2010 against repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which prevented LGBT Americans serving openly in the military.
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