Ronald Reagan Is the Latest Republican to Support Gay Marriage

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Reagan endorsing Davis's (heterosexual) marriage in 1984.
Reagan endorsing Davis's (heterosexual) marriage in 1984.

These are hard times to be a gun rightsloving, gay marriagefearing conservative. Just a week after learning that being antibackground checks is akin to being prokilling Ronald Reagan, the Republican icon's daughter has revealed that he would have wanted same-sex couples to have the right to marry — or so she assumes. Patti Davis confidently tells the New York Times that her father would have "been puzzled" by the current debate and supported marriage equality, though she seems to base that on the rational application of his opposition to big government and the fact that he befriended gay people during his days in Hollywood.

While Davis never discussed same-sex marriage with her father before his death in 2004, she believes he would break with the majority of his party on ideological grounds, due to his "distaste for government intrusion into private lives," as the paper puts it. She says he “did not believe that gayness was a choice,” though “as a straight man and an old-fashioned man, it’s not like he understood it.”

Davis also cites two examples of her father's tolerance toward gay people. She says that when she remarked as a child that Rock Hudson "looked weird" kissing a female co-star, her father said Hudson "would rather be kissing a man," and explained that "some men are born wanting to love another man." The Reagans were also close friends with a lesbian couple who once watched Davis and her brother, and slept in her parents' bed, while they were on vacation in Hawaii.

Luckily for those can't handle the idea of the patron saint of conservatism backing gay marriage, another Reagan child has another opinion. Michael E. Reagan, Davis's half-brother, just penned an opinion piece criticizing religious leaders for not "shouting from their pulpits" and "leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest" over gay marriage. He added:

It’s ultimately about changing the culture of the entire country; it inevitably will lead to teaching our public school kids that gay marriage is a perfectly fine alternative and no different than traditional marriage. There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder.

If only President Reagan were still around to tell us whether same-sex marriage is constitutional right, or the first step toward state-sanctioned murder.