A reader alerts us to a piece in the American Spectator where Aaron Goldstein reminds us how significant Ronald Reagan’s opposition to Prop 6, the 1978 Golden State ballot initiative which would have banned gays from teaching in public schools, was to it the defeat of that pernicious proposal:
There is little doubt Milk’s yeoman efforts against Proposition 6 were significant. Yet if it were not for the intervention of Ronald Reagan the initiative would have almost certainly passed. Milk, to its credit, notes Reagan’s opposition to Proposition 6. However, its acknowledgement doesn’t properly do justice to how significant Reagan’s contribution was to this divisive debate.
(Emphasis added.) Goldstein notes that even David Mixner, a Friend of Bill (Clinton), commended the Gipper for his efforts:
There is no doubt in my mind that the man who put us over the top was California Governor Ronald Reagan. His opposition to Proposition 6 killed it for sure.
Senator Briggs, the author of the initiative, agreed. When “asked by reporters who was to blame for its ignominious defeat, . . . he simply replied: ‘Ronald Reagan.’” Make sure to read Goldstein’s piece as he provides more detail on Reagan’s opposition to Prop 6, giving a window into the mind of this great man.
Let’s hope more gay people become aware of his involvement. And heck, it just give them some ideas on defeating future such ballot initiatives and encourage them to enlist Republicans in their campaigns against them. (I mean, you know, like, why didn’t the leaders of “No on 8” enlist Ward Connerly in their campaign?)
Given the role for which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had just honored him this past Sunday, Sean Penn, since he was determined to politicize his speech, should have at least given a shout-out to one noble politician whose voice clearly helped nix a pernicious anti-gay ballot initiative: Ronald Wilson Reagan.