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.


  1. badlydrawnbear says

    “We’d be a much more successful political party if we stuck to our economic, conservative roots.”

    Wow, this guy couldn’t have be more wrong. The whole success of the Republican party since 1980 has been the marriage with social conservatives that has duped millions of American’s in the heartland to vote against their own economic interests.

    But it’s nice to hear him flip flop on Marriage Equality, again.

  2. K in VA says

    Nobody ever asks politicians what they mean when they say “leave it to the states.” Do they mean that literally, that the Federal government should always recognize state marriages, and DOMA goes bye-bye? Or do they mean it’s okay by them if backwards bigoted states punish same-sex couples?

  3. walter says

    self serving asshat couldn’t even stand by his friends who stood by him. if his friends can’t trust him how can anyone else?

  4. mstrozfckslv says

    who cares about Rudy

    Rebekah Brooks has been arrested

    supposedly the police in the Uk said come in for some questioning , tea and crumpets, and you can leave after…………..LOL as soon as she walked through the door they arrested her ass on 2 charges

    Corruption = bribes
    wire tapping

    James Murdoch is next if they can squeeze her hard enough to squeal out some info

    The fall of the house of Murdoch

  5. yessirebob says

    GOP Equality is Helping Them. ~ That’s why they are voting equality. They see the tide is turning and they want to ride the wave of this sea-change to victory! – Get on board Giuliani or be washed up on the shore…

  6. ANON IN SO CAL says

    Good. The more dough these jerks throw at quixotic quests for the presidency on behalf of scum like Guiliani, the less they’ll have to blow on everything else.

    Then, of course, they’ll have to get in line for those government handouts they claim to despise.


  7. borut says

    K in VA, I don’t get the “leave it to the states” mantra either. If the Federal government should get out of people’s bedrooms, why should the states be allowed to stay in there?

  8. Bianca Withrow says

    Good advice for the Rebpublican Party – “get the heck out of peoples’ bedrooms.” In Canada, the Minister of Justice made the very same statement — in 1968! So what century/decade are the Republicans living hin?

  9. Mark says

    GOP laying off gay marriage? I have to admit, it is food for laughter if nothing else. Asking the GOP to lay off gay marriage is like asking christians to lay off the bible, or muslims to lay off the qouran (I hope I spelled that correctly!) The gay marriage and other social issues are what DEFINE the GOP. Once these issues are gone, there’s not much reason for bubba and mee-maw to vote GOP.

    As for the ‘leave it to the states’ argument on gay marriage, anyone who buys it is just kidding themselves. For one thing the juiciest benefits of legal marriage are federal (taxes, social security, etc.) so obviously there’s going to have to be a federal policy on whether to recognize legal same-sex marriage.

    I suppose one can argue that if a state doesn’t want to allow or recognize gay marriage then one can always move to a state that does. In practice this presents no problem since we have at least one state that has legalized gay marriage. In theory, however, this becomes a problem: what if no state chose to allow gay marriage? A gay couple’s only option to be recognized as married would then be to leave the country.

    Point is: equal rights should apply everywhere in the country, not just in those parts where people feel like giving the minority their rights. A gay couple should have all the rights a straight couple has, not just those rights that their state of residence allows them to have.

  10. Jim Mitchell says

    Had Civil Rights been left up to the states, there are certain states that would never agreed to them. (If the choice is ever given back to the states, I’m not so sure some states would uphold it.) In 1964, when the Federal Government passed the Civil Rights Act, only 37% of the population approved. The Feds felt it was their responsibility to protect its minorities, as blacks made up 10% of the population and would never have the votes to achieve equal rights. It needs to be FEDERAL.

  11. says

    Republican equality is to help them. ~ this is why they are equal to vote. They see the trend is shifting, they want to ride a wave this great victory! – intake giuliani or up the shore…