The son of former president Ronald Reagan warns in an op-ed published Tuesday that legalizing gay marriage will lead to "polygamy, bestiality and perhaps even murder."
Michael Reagan, a political consultant, made the claims as he calls on church leaders to stand up and fight against same-sex marriage.
"It’s ultimately about changing the culture of the entire country," he writes in the Ironton Tribune.
Legalizing same-sex marriages, he writes, "inevitably will lead to teaching our public school kids that gay marriage is a perfectly fine alternative and no different than traditional marriage."
"There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality," he continues. "Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder."
Reagan slams the Republican Party, saying party leaders are too preoccupied with the next presidential election to be concerned about the moral threat that he believes same-sex marriages pose to the country.
"Where’s the moral outrage?" he asks. "Why aren’t thousands of our pastors, priests and rabbis shouting from their pulpits? Why aren’t they leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest?"
It's up to churches to "defend the culture against legalized gay marriage," he says, but instead religious leaders are "hiding in their pews."
"It’s time for the churches to get engaged and start fighting for America, instead of wimping out," he writes. "You can't win the fight if you don't put on the gloves."
Reagan is the eldest son of the former president and he's the author of "The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan's Principles Can Restore America's Greatness."