President Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis says she believes her father would have supported same-sex marriage.
“I don’t think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commitment to one another,” Davis said during an interview with public relations expert Howard Bragman. “He told me when I was very young that some men love other men, some women love other women.”
Bragman appeared on Jansing & Co. Thursday to talk about the interview he conducted with Davis Wednesday.
“She also told the great story about when her parents would go out of town, they had this lesbian couple—which she called them aunt so-and-so and aunt so-and-so and she knew they were a couple—and her parents would go out of town and they would stay and babysit her and her brother Ron and sleep in her parents king size bed.”
Davis made this political point during the interview about her father: “I also think because he wanted government out of people’s lives, that he would not understand the intrusion of government banning such a thing. This is not what he would have thought government should be doing.”
A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday shows 50% of American voters support marriage equality while 41% oppose it.
Some conservatives are rejecting Davis’ characterization of what she believes her father would have supported.
“Of course, Reagan did associate with all the Hollywood crowd, and chances are he probably knew a number of gays,” conservative activist Phyllis 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.”
Davis’ half-brother Michael Reagan responded to his half-sister’s comments in the Washington Post saying people should not make assumptions about what their father’s position might be on same-sex marriage if he were alive today.
“You’d have to ask him,” Reagan said. “I think my father gets dragged into too many things.”
Michael Reagan grabbed headlines earlier this week for his op-ed against same-sex marriage, slamming the Republican Party for not doing enough to fight same-sex marriage because members are “too busy cat-fighting with each other.”
Davis told Bragman she would not “get into a family feud” with her half-brother.
“It’s stirring a lot of discussion which is the best part about it,” Bragman told msnbc’s Chris Jansing. “People who remember a different Republican party, one that didn’t use social issues to drive us apart to divide and conquer, remember a Republican party that was, as [Davis] described, that liked to stay out of people’s lives and out of people’s bedrooms.”