Daughter Speculates on Reagan’s Gay-Rights Views & Says Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality

  • metta

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    Apr 04, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    Daughter Speculates on Reagan’s Gay-Rights Views

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/us/politics/reagan-daughter-says-hed-have-backed-gay-marriage.html
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    Apr 04, 2013 5:24 PM GMT
    "Reagan’s Daughter Says He’d Have Backed Gay Marriage

    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG


    WASHINGTON — As Republican politicians wrestle with same-sex marriage, the daughter of a party icon — former President Ronald Reagan — said in an interview this week that she believes her father would have “been puzzled” by the political fuss and would have supported marriage for gay people.

    Patti Davis, a Los Angeles writer and the onetime rebellious daughter of Reagan and his second wife, Nancy, said in a telephone interview that she never discussed same-sex marriage with the former president, who died in 2004 just as it was emerging as a political issue.

    But Ms. Davis, now 60, offered several reasons her father, who would have been 102 this year, would have bucked his party on the issue: his distaste for government intrusion into private lives, his Hollywood acting career and close friendship with a lesbian couple who once cared for Ms. Davis and her younger brother Ron while their parents were on a Hawaiian vacation — and slept in the Reagans’ king-size bed.

    “I grew up in this era where your parents’ friends were all called aunt and uncle,” Ms. Davis said. “And then I had an aunt and an aunt. We saw them on holidays and other times.” She added, “We never talked about it, but I just understood that they were a couple.”

    Once when she and her father were watching a Rock Hudson movie, Ms. Davis said, she remarked that the actor “looked weird” kissing his female co-star. She said her father explained that Mr. Hudson “would rather be kissing a man,” and conveyed, without using the words homosexual or gay, the idea that “some men are born wanting to love another man.” Years later, in 1985, Mr. Hudson died of AIDS.

    Ms. Davis, a former actress who has made news over the years by posing nude in Playboy and, more recently, the magazine More, has just self-published a novel, “Till Human Voices Wake Us,” about sisters-in-law who fall in love and leave their husbands. (She said it was not autobiographical.)

    She first shared her views about her father with a friend, Howard Bragman, who has a YouTube show devoted to gay issues and interviewed her about her book.

    Ms. Davis is not the only Reagan child speaking out on same-sex marriage. Michael E. Reagan, a conservative commentator and son of the former president and his first wife, Jane Wyman, recently wrote an opinion piece accusing churches of “wimping out” by not fighting harder to block same-sex marriage.

    But the younger Mr. Reagan did not address his father’s views, and Ms. Davis said she would not “get into a family feud” with her half-brother.

    Mr. Reagan had a mixed record on gay rights. As president, he infuriated many gay people with his slow response to the AIDS epidemic, but as governor of California he joined a number of Democrats, including President Jimmy Carter, in opposing a ballot measure that would have barred gays and lesbians from working in public schools.

    Ms. Davis said her father “did not believe that gayness was a choice,” although “as a straight man and an old-fashioned man, it’s not like he understood it.”

    Ms. Davis’s comments are certain to inflame conservative admirers of her father.

    Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist and gay rights opponent, said in an interview that Mr. Reagan — who as governor signed the nation’s first “no-fault” divorce law and later told his son Michael it was his “greatest regret” — would never have stood for same-sex marriage.

    “Of course, Reagan did associate with all the Hollywood crowd, and chances are he probably knew a number of gays,” Ms. Schlafly said. “I could understand that he might not have wanted to bar them from a job but that would not mean he would want them to get a marriage license.”

    Ms. Davis said she expects conservative discontent with her, adding, “All I know is the heart of the man who raised me as my father.”
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    Apr 04, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    Where's honorary 1st lady of the GOP Nancy's support?

    Too often as we revive the past, we revise the past.
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    Apr 04, 2013 9:04 PM GMT
    the way he did so much to help fight aids
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    Apr 04, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    theantijock saidWhere's honorary 1st lady of the GOP Nancy's support?

    Too often as we revive the past, we revise the past.


    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/frail-nancy-reagan-soldiers

    Not doing so hot
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    Apr 04, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    He probably would have evolved in the same way some other politicians have...no doubt. But the Republican party really needs to stop living in their "Reagan" past. Times have changed and they need to adapt.
  • B71115

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    Apr 05, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Reagan was the first president to invite a gay couple to stay in the White House.
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    Apr 06, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    metta8 saidDaughter Speculates on Reagan’s Gay-Rights Views

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/us/politics/reagan-daughter-says-hed-have-backed-gay-marriage.html


    Oh, hell, why doesn't someone just channel him so we can find out for sure. But why stop there? Let's channel George Washington and ask him too.

    BTW, I think Nero would approve of Christian marriage today.
  • rnch

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    Apr 07, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]theantijock said......Too often as we revive the past, we revise the past.[/quote]




    SO very true icon_exclaim.gif
  • TheBizMan

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    Apr 07, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    justin_pal saidBTW, I think Nero would approve of Christian marriage today.



    Hahaha! icon_lol.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 07, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    calibro saidthe way he did so much to help fight aids


    You're on to something, calibro.
  • metta

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    Apr 07, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    I think that she is trying to counter the damage done by her brother

    Ronald Reagan's son says legalizing same-sex marriages will lead to 'polygamy, bestiality and murder'


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303173/Ronald-Reagans-son-says-legalizing-sex-marriage-lead-polygamy-bestiality-murder.html
  • metta

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    Apr 17, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality, Says Her Daughter


    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/04/pattinancy.html