Vice President Mike Pence is rumoured to have attended a fundraising event at an Aspen club owned by two gay men.
The Aspen Times reported Pence, local Republicans and 25 couples rubbed shoulders at the exclusive Caribou Club on July 22. Attending the event did not come cheap for the couples who are said to have paid $35,0000 per pair with funds going to the Republican Party and the re-election campaign of Donald Trump.
Bob Jenkins, Vice Chair of Pitkin County Republicans was tight-lipped about the location of the event, however, when asked about Pence’s possible appearance at a gay-owned club he said it was immaterial.
“[The gay issue] doesn’t affect whether we’re at the Caribou Club or we’re not at the Caribou Club,” he said. “What’s that got to do with anything?” Jenkins said.
Throughout his career in Congress and as Governor of Indiana, Pence repeatedly opposed efforts to legalise gay marriage and other measures meant to improve the lives of gays and lesbians.
Pence also voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that would allow LGBTIQ Americans to openly serve in the military.
President Donald Trump joked in 2017 that Pence “wants to hang” all gay people.