Ronald Reagan's son may just expressed his fervent opposition to same-sex marriage in an editorial, but his sister has a much different view. So, evidently, would his father.
Reagan's daughter Patti Davis, 60, tells The New York Times that her father -- who had a checkered history with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during his presidency -- would have supported marriage equality and "been puzzled" by the opposition to same-sex marriage.
Davis cited Reagan's "distate for government intrusion into private lives," as well as his Hollywood connections and close friendship with a lesbian couple that his children affectionately referred to as their aunts as reasons she believed her father would have been in favor of gay marriage, according to writer Sheryl Gay Stolberg.
Reagan "did not believe that gayness was a choice,” Davis noted, but added, “as a straight man and an old-fashioned man, it’s not like he understood it.”
She went on to note, "All I know is the heart of the man who raised me as my father.”
Acknowledging that the former U.S. president was "late in addressing the AIDS issue," she told Bragman, "I don't think he would've stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all...I don't think he think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commitment to one another."
No word on how brother Michael Reagan will respond. In an op-ed for The Ironton Tribune, he suggested the Supreme Court's ultimate ruling on the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, will have a profound effect on the U.S. at large.
"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," he wrote. "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."
UPDATE April 4 at 12:04 p.m. EST: Michael Reagan responded to Davis' remarks in an interview with The Washington Post.
Saying his "father gets dragged into too many" present-day political discussions, Reagan noted, "Back in the 1980s when he was president, no, he wouldn’t have [supported gay marriage] … It’s easy to say he would do or not do something when he’s not here to answer.”