Rudy Giuliani Tells GOP To Lay Off Gay Marriage

Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN's State of the Union today, and in addition to defending his pal Rupert Murdoch and explaining why he could win the Republican presidential nomination, the former New York City mayor urged his fellow Republicans to "get the heck out" of same-sex marriage.

"I think the Republican Party would be well advised to get the heck out of people's bedrooms and let these things get decided by states," said Giuliani during a break from his tour of New Hampshire. "We'd be a much more successful political party if we stuck to our economic, conservative roots."

Giuliani's "get the heck out" political stance obviously extends into his personal life, too: the former mayor said he would preside over his gay friends' marriage once it was legal here in New York, but then ignored their calls when they asked him last month.

While the formerly gay friendly mayor didn't comment on his snub, he did release a disinterested statement on marriage equality, "I'm glad that people who felt discriminated against have that, sort of, burden of discrimination lifted." So glad.

Asked again today about equality in the Empire State, Giuliani said, "I think [the marriage legislation] wrong, but there are other things that I think are wrong that get decided by Democratic vote… I see more harm, however, by dwelling so much on this subject of gays and lesbians and whether it's right or wrong in politics."

As for the prospect of Giuliani running for president, the 2008 candidate says he'll make a decision later this summer. Until then, he's just touring New Hampshire, meeting people, feeling out the scene and riding the motorcycles so conveniently placed behind him.