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06/02/2015

Rudy Giuliani speaks truth about his still-quite-anti-gay party

by Jeremy Hooper

To be clear, Giuliani's 2008 presidential run was very unsuccessful, and he wasn't out for marriage equality at the time. But it is still interesting to hear a prominent Republican Screen Shot 2015-06-02 At 9.39.51 Pmadmitting that his party is no place for moderates on issues like marriage equality:

Cavuto: Why not you [for President in 2016]?

Giuliani: Because I believe I can’t get nominated because of my views on gay marriage, I’m in favor gay rights, I’m in favor of gay marriage. I see it as an issue of equality. I’m pro-choice. I’m anti-abortion personally but I’m pro choice. I’m pro-immigrant and I haven’t backed down from it.
RUDY GIULIANI: I CAN'T WIN THE GOP NOMINATION BECAUSE I'M PRO-GAY MARRIAGE [Towle]

And he's right. While I really thought this could potentially be the presidential election where a pro-equality Republican could make a go of it, it's become abundantly clear that this is not the case. There isn't even one among the endless parade of GOP primary contenders (how many are there now? Fifty?) who has even hinted at supporting marriage equality or most LGBT rights. It's as if they think the ever-increasing majority support for equality is a fluke or a phase or a something other than a shifting electorate.

There might be a number of reasons why Rudy 2016 would putter like Rudy 2008. But he's 100% right that being outwardly pro-gay is no way to be a national stage star with a party that seems addicted to its "culture warriors" on the far-right.

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