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Pence Responds to Hometown Hosting LGBTQ Pride Festival

Thursday Mar 29, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence and his mother Nancy Pence Fritsch, right, wave while walking in the St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Savannah, Ga.
Vice President Mike Pence and his mother Nancy Pence Fritsch, right, wave while walking in the St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Savannah, Ga.  (Source:AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Vice President Mike Pence is responding to news that his hometown of Columbus, Indi. will throw an LGBTQ Pride festival, USA Today reports.

Organizers said the event is scheduled for April 14, adding that they hope the festival will send a message of inclusiveness. Pence has a long history of opposing LGBTQ rights and equality.

"Most people would think that all of us here are also anti-LGBT," Erin Bailey, the high school senior organizing the event, told USA Today. "But there are plenty of us who very much support the LGBT community and are members of the community."

Despite Pence's less than stellar record, he says he's applauding Bailey's activism.

"Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey for her activism and engagement in the civic process," spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a statement. "As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, he's heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process."

During his years as a lawmaker, Pence has opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, opposed measures protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination at work and supported "religious liberty" measures.

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