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04/20/2009

Just in time for flip flop season: Rudy's back with more gay-centric political opportunism

by Jeremy Hooper

rudyAfter his smug, community organizer-mocking RNC speech, we developed a refined distaste for the shifting political allegiances of one Rudolph Giuliani. Now after seeing his latest, our distaste for his views might have just turned into full-blown disdain:

RUDY GIULIANI is declaring war on gay marriage -- vowing to use his strong opposition of it against the Democrats if he runs for governor next year.
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The former mayor, in an extended interview with The Post, also predicted that Gov. Paterson's high-profile effort to legalize gay marriage would anger many New Yorkers and spark a revolt that could help sweep Republicans into office in 2010.

"This will create a grass-roots movement. This is the kind of issue that, in many ways, is somewhat beyond politics," said Giuliani, a two-term mayor who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination last year.

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"Marriage, I believe, both traditionally and legally, has always been between a man and a woman and should remain between a man and woman," said Giuliani, who has been married three times.
RUDY RIPS GOV'S BID FOR GAY NUPS [NY Post]

Seriously, how does someone who's had THREE WIVES campaign so vigorously on this issue?! And especially when he cites religious beliefs, yet neglects his own faith's condemnations against divorce?! It's become a cliché to cite this point. However, we shouldn't let the rank hypocrisy underneath Rudy's "one man, one woman" pushes get lost simply because the matter lends itself to hackneyed platitudes!

Giuliani is also doing that popular Republican thing of citing the marriage equality reluctance of powerful Democrats like Obama and H. Clinton, making it sound as if scores of donkeys are on the same page as he is. This of course overlooks a few key points: (a) That neither Obama nor Clinton campaign against (much less "declare war on") marriage equality in the states, (b) that all of the powerful statewide Democratic leaders (and Independents like Bloomberg) are fully on board with marriage equality, and (c) that it's been difficult over the years to pin down whether or not Rudy even supports civil unions.

But hey, it's only his potential constituents' civil liberties and equity that we're talking about here. Why should we seek nuance or trasnprency when talking about something as minor as that [::writer shakes head, rolls eyes, and makes a contribution to the NYS Democratic gubernatorial campaign committee::]

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Pam has this. Doesn't give source. Are all Republicans this messed up in their thinking?
Well I guess we know the answer to that question. This guy sounds just like Palin!

"UPDATE: His gay friends plan to marry in Connecticut, and apparently don't think Rudy's biased. Oy, LCR madness:

While Rudy Giuliani is waging war on gay marriage, his pals Howard Koeppel and Mark Hsaio are planning to go to Connecticut next month to tie the knot.
They see no contradiction in the ex-mayor's opposition to gay marriage and the fact he roomed with them for six months in 2001.

"Rudy doesn't discriminate. I should know. I lived with him for six months," Koeppel, 68, a car dealer, said yesterday outside his West Side apartment.

Koeppel, a Republican, said he believes that Giuliani's opposition to gay marriage stems from his religious and political beliefs, not his personal ones."

Posted by: LOrionl | Apr 20, 2009 12:12:29 PM

This from a man thats been married how many times and cheated on his wives how many times?

ah yes... the sanctity of marriage!

Posted by: Pomo | Apr 20, 2009 12:19:28 PM

Want Marriage Equality in New York... New facebook group:

facebook.com/group.php?gid=73897424369

Posted by: LOrionl | Apr 20, 2009 12:44:40 PM

Maybe you'd like to read more about hypocrisy and gay marriages, Iowa vs. New York,and why this would all be so funny if it weren't so serious.
Check out You Go, Guys!@www.patnyc.com

Posted by: Pat Fortunato | Apr 20, 2009 3:58:24 PM

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