“A campaign aide told the Globe this weekend that Giuliani favors a much more modest set of rights for gay partners than civil union laws in effect in four states offer. Giuliani has described himself as a backer of civil unions and is frequently described that way in news reports. But he began distancing himself from civil unions in late April, when his campaign told The New York Sun that New Hampshire’s new law goes too far because it is ‘the equivalent of marriage,’ which he has always opposed for gays. Giuliani’s aides offered little explanation of what specific rights he would support for same-sex couples.”
The Globe notes that in 2004 Giuliani told Bill O’Reilly: “I’m in favor of . . . civil unions. So now you have a civil partnership, domestic partnership, civil union, whatever you want to call it, and that takes care of the imbalance, the discrimination, which we shouldn’t have.”
But now, according to Maria Comella, Giuliani’s deputy communications director, the candidate’s stance has changed: “It’s about rights and benefits more than the title. The mayor supports the benefits and rights as they are written in the domestic partnership law in New York City.”
It looks like Rudy has figured out how to be a proper spank-Monkey for the Southern Baptist Convention after all! Planet Out in 2007 reported:
Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land said gay issues represent just one area of the problems religious conservatives have with Giuliani. “There are so many dealbreakers for Giuliani, it’s difficult to know where to start,” he said.
Throughout his eight years in City Hall, Giuliani supported laws that protected gays against harassment, marched in gay pride parades, welcomed the Olympic-style Gay Games to New York City and, after his second marriage broke up, lived with two friends who happened to be a gay couple.
He does not support same-sex marriage, but he does not see the need to ban it with a constitutional amendment. And in a 1994 cover story with The Advocate, a national gay magazine, he condemned Pat Buchanan’s speech at the Republican National Convention two years earlier during which the failed presidential candidate declared a “cultural war” against homosexuality, radical feminists, abortion rights supporters, and other “liberals.”
A horror of a compaign is noting that his own children support Barak Obama, (a Democrat!!) while he panhandles Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia voters for their hatred towards gays and lesbians. Last Thursday, Giuliani said in a speech:
I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers….I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I’m one of them.
It was the AFL/CIO that had to put him back in his place by saying:
It’s shocking to see Giuliani—who was mayor for only a few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks—claiming his experience is equal to that of the hard-working rescue workers and cleanup crews, who for a year spent long days trying to recover the bodies of the victims under dangerous conditions.
NYFD captain James Riches, who lost a son in the 9/11 attacks serving as a firefighter himself called Giuliani a liar and said he was “living in a dreamland”.
What’s Guiliani going to say to all of those gay and lesbian Republicans out there?! Nothing?! The Log Cabin Republicans are weirdly silent about the issue. But, Log Cabin Republicans are weird… They’re like those Jews for Jesus folks.
Giuliani’s campaign has become nothing more than a political spelling-bee: “C-H-A-R-L-A-T-A-N“.