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Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality, Says Her Daughter

Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, said earlier this month that her father would have supported marriage for gay couples.

Nancy_reaganIn a new interview with Michelangelo Signorile on his SiriusXM radio show, Davis says that Nancy Reagan supports marriage equality as well.

“She does,” Davis said in response to the question. “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.” Davis chuckled and added, “Let’s just put it that way. That’s the most sort of politically correct way I can answer that question.”

Listen to Signorile's interview below:

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  1. Patti Davis is delusional idiot who suffers from revisionist history syndrome. She is in my prayers.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 17, 2013 11:47:34 AM


  2. Why is the menu bar no longer at the bottom of the page?

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 17, 2013 12:04:24 PM


  3. I lost all respect for Nancy Reagan after she released 'National Anthem' as a single instead of 'Dark Paradise' or 'Off To The Races'. She did kind of redeem herself with the release of the EP 'Paradise' and releasing 'Cola' as a single tho. But putting 'Yayo' on there was just a big mess. Hopefully she'll continue to impress with her new album in July..........

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 17, 2013 12:06:42 PM


  4. I don't believe it.

    Not a single word.

    Posted by: Truthiness | Apr 17, 2013 12:17:38 PM


  5. Anything to shill a book.

    I'd need to hear Nancy speak for herself. And I'd like to hear Jimmy & Rosalyn be more vocal, as well as George H.W. & Barbara, and George & Laura. (Sandra Day O'Connor could be an important voice as well.) Imagine if the new Bush-Hager collaboration grows up to be lesbian, and Grandpa has voted to deny her rights, and Grandma refused to speak up for her.

    And silence. Nothing but cowardly silence.

    Posted by: Speak Up. | Apr 17, 2013 12:18:41 PM


  6. Patti Davis really is delusional. First conjecturing Ronald as being pro-equality and now this. She's speaking for those who can't/won't speak in order to make herself feel better and move her family's history away from the evil side. She is wrong.

    Posted by: unruly | Apr 17, 2013 12:33:55 PM


  7. You have to love Patti Davis - she is driving the hard-core Reaganites insane with her pro-gay pronouncements presumably echoed by Ronnie and Nancy. Not only is she smart enough to know such statements are going to increase the publicity for her and her book but it is also going to drive a million nails into the "Ronnie was the best...." fanatics. Ronald Reagan was one of the worst Presidents, next to both Bush administrations, this country has ever weathered through. Those former President did more harm to the US internationally as well as domestically. Under Reagan a bag of groceries went from $10 to $30 by the time he left office. He released hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people to roam and live on our streets. We know what the Bush clan did and I doubt seriously if there will EVER be another Bush in the White House.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 17, 2013 1:23:45 PM


  8. i grew up in the 80's & I recall flipping past t.v. stations one day upon the bloated sight of jerry falwell's religious program. pausing on it for several minutes I heard him say that a democrat had placed a gay marriage wording in a particular bill that would reach then president reagan's desk. he was bragging to his flock that he had been assured by the reagan camp that ronnie would veto or threaten to veto the bill if it was part of the bill. does anyone else have any info on this particular case? obviously it was during the early years of the aids crisis & not a public peep out of old merv griffin loving nancy or her revisionist dum dum daughter patti.

    Posted by: middle of the roader | Apr 17, 2013 1:47:00 PM


  9. The Reagans let us die in the thousands from AIDS and did nothing for us and now we're supposed to believe that they are pro-equal-marriage? Bull.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Apr 17, 2013 1:55:41 PM


  10. What we really needed was for Ronald Reagan to speak out in favor of AIDS research during his Presidential terms. Instead he remained silent. Who needs anything from his family now? Patti can just sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 17, 2013 2:09:19 PM


  11. Reagan & Thatcher: Conversations in Hell

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 17, 2013 3:08:10 PM


  12. I can't think of why anyone would care what Nancy Reagan thinks of gay marriage. Or what Patti Davis thinks either, for that matter.

    Posted by: lewlew | Apr 17, 2013 3:15:58 PM


  13. I posted lengthily about Ronald Reagan last time Davis released a statement, so I'll be succinct here: based on Kitty Kelly's bio of Nancy Reagan and other sources (including the TV movie with Judy Davis and James Brolin), it's entirely possible that this is true. Reagan seemed insecure about gay people and his own "masculine" image, but Nancy had many gay friends (notably Jerry Zipkin, who inspired the movie "The Walker"). Ronald Reagan seemed to be constantly buttering up the Moral Majority crowd, but Nancy was much more pragmatic, including once shouting at staff that she "didn't give damn about those right to lifers."

    As Reagan began to fade away due to the beginnings of dementia in '86-'87 (it's entirely possible he really didn't remember the details of Iran-Contra), Nancy began exerting more and more control of his schedule, speech content, etc.--and that's almost exactly when there began to be more attention from the White House to AIDS, a thawing in relations with the Soviets, and a subtle shift away from the evangelical crowd. (Then again, the scandals involving Oral Roberts, Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, and Jimmy Swaggart probably helped as well.)

    The Reagans and their dreadful cohorts deserve 99% of the scorn, hatred and contempt heaped on them by history--but give Nancy a little credit for trying to single-handedly tow an oil tanker in the opposite direction. Posterity will probably be somewhat kinder to her than her husband (ironically, since he was significantly more liked and respected than she was while they were in the White House).

    Posted by: Dback | Apr 17, 2013 3:49:17 PM


  14. Regan's true, lasting legacy on gay rights was an appalling silence in the face of death. The AIDS epidemic was made that much worse by the lack of a national response. He and his administration had and will always have blood on their hands, for eternity. 'nuff said!

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 17, 2013 3:50:17 PM


  15. Jeez, Nancy has had some pretty decent plastic surgery. The woman is 92. I hate when people---especially rich people---get bad plastic surgery. So that's about the nicest thing I'll ever say about Nancy.

    As for Patti's comments, who cares.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 17, 2013 3:57:32 PM


  16. ABOVE ALL ELSE, the following story obliterates shameless book-pimping Daughter Dearest's attempts to wash her parents clean of their homophobic sins:

    Nine months AFTER their Hollywood comrade Rock Hudson's death from AIDS, Ronnie & Nancy attended a nationally televised rededication of the cleaned-up Statue of Liberty in July 1986. A part of the evening’s “entertainment” was Repug comedian Bob Hope. He said:

    “I just heard that the Statue of Liberty has AIDS but she doesn’t know if she got it from the mouth of the Hudson or from the Staten Island Ferry.” “As the television camera panned the audience, special guests French President & Mdm. Mitterand looked appalled. The Reagans were laughing.”

    Call my a cynic, but NO ONE who was ever that callous could change enough to "luv The Gays" as this banshee now claims.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Apr 17, 2013 3:57:34 PM


  17. To her credit, Nancy pushed and prodded then-Gov.Reagan to make a statement against the draconian anti-gay Prop 6 (aka the Briggs Initiative) shortly before election day. While there was the likelihood it would have been tossed out by the courts had it passed, it was the most visible symbol of her gay tolerance (other than her favorite dress designers). It may have been the one time -- but it made all the difference.

    Posted by: circuitmouse | Apr 18, 2013 1:39:38 AM


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