The Huffington Post is reporting on an interview with Patti Davis, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and former First Lady Nancy Reagan, where Davis states that her mother supports gay marriage equality, but does so privately.
“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.” — ‘Patti Davis, Daughter Of Nancy Reagan, Says Her Mother Supports Gay Marriage’; Michelangelo Signorile; The Huffington Post; April 17, 2013
Davis’s answer leaves me dissatisfied; especially given the comment about answering the question in a “politically correct” manner. From the way the article reads; Davis talking about gay friends and family members who were “accepted”, it sounds more like tolerance than support. Support is when you are doing what you can to help advance the rights and equality of those who are experiencing discrimination.
If the former First Lady does support gay rights, I call on her to say so for herself, and in her own words. Being a private person is understandable, but Mrs. Reagan is a revered figure in some conservative, political and social circles. A letter, op-ed or simple statement saying, “Yes, I do support gay” would do as much in changing hearts and minds, and advancing our cause, as telling our own stories. Nancy Reagan, be brave, be bold, be out if your support really is for equality.