Ronald reagan failed to successfully combat the aids crisis,. Now, dont get me wrong i am not by any means arguing that reagan was perfect when it came to gay rights. At the time of reagans election, evangelicals believed they were were in the wilderness and saw a country in moral decay in which tradition was uprooted, coming off of the 60s and 70s civil rights and liberation movements for women, people of color and gays. No civil rights legislation for lesbian or gay individuals passed during reagans tenure. On the 1980 campaign trail , he spoke of the gay civil rights movement my criticism is that the gay movement isnt just asking for civil rights its asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which i do not believe society can condone, nor can i. ronald reagans son may just expressed his fervent opposition to same-sex marriage in an editorial, but his sister has a much different view. i sincerely doubt some gay men failed to use condoms merely because ronald reagan hadnt suggested it personally. These are hard times to be a gun rightsloving, gay marriagefearing conservative. Just a week after learning that being antibackground checks is akin to being prokilling ronald reagan. As the anti-gay reaction gained steam across america with the election of moral majority ally ronald reagan, activists found their demands for attention for a growing medical crisis were ignored. ronald reagan, who died in 2004, was president for nearly five years before he said the word aids in public, nearly seven years before he gave. ronald and nancy reagan wave to supporters at an electoral meeting in november, 1984. the reagan administrations unbelievable response to the hivaids epidemic by german lopez germanrlopez updated dec 1, 2016, 1120am est share this story.