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If Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality, Why Can’t the GOP?

Further proof that Ronald Reagan probably wouldn’t fit into today’s GOP: in an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, Patti Davis says that her mom, Nancy Reagan, is a supporter of same-sex marriage. Patti’s comments come two weeks after she said her father would have supported marriage equality.

When asked point blank if her mother supported same-sex marriage, Davis answered, “She does.” She went on: “I’m hesitant to speak for anyone else, and she’s not comfortable going out in the public eye and getting in the firing line of anything. So, you know, I want to be cautious about speaking on someone else’s behalf. But let me put it this way: I think if she had disagreed with what I said publicly about my father she would have said something publicly.”

Given President Reagan’s often lousy record on gay issues, it’s an open question of how supportive he’d really be of marriage equality. Still, you take your victories where you can find them.

The Reagans aren’t exactly one big happy family. Patti and Nancy were estranged for years until they reconciled when Ronald was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. And brother Michael is unlikely to join in the equality love fest.

Early this month, he wrote an op-ed in which he questioned whether churches had lost their “institutional you-know-whats” and predicted that marriage equality would create “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.”

Unfortunately, it’s the Michaels of the world who hold the GOP under their sway, not the Nancys.

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