Giuliani to GOP: Stay out of gay marriage
July 17th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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Giuliani to GOP: Stay out of gay marriage

(CNN) - He may not agree with the vote in New York to legalize gay marriage, but former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the Republican Party should butt out of the bedroom and stick to fiscal policy.

"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," Giuliani said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "We'd be a much more successful political party if we stuck to our economic, conservative roots."


New York became the sixth state to legalize same sex marriage in June when a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature was signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Giuliani, who is considering a run for president in 2012, has long supported civil unions. Although he said he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, he can "live with" the legalization in New York.

"I think it's wrong, but there are other things that I think are wrong that get decided by democratic vote," Giuliani told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "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."

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. JB

    So! Mr. 911 are you in bed with Cuomo ?

    July 17, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. MSHMiami

    What? A Republican who feels their party should stick to fiscal matters and stay our of people's bedrooms? I feel a disturbance in The Force...

    Why is it that Republicans always want the Government to stay out of people's lives, except when it comes to whom they sleep with or want to marry? As the Tea Party fades into oblivion and the younger generation matures, the Republican party is going to go the way of the dinosaurs unless they realize that they have no business dictating who can sleep with whom.

    July 17, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. wayne

    too bad Giuliani isn't bright enough to have stated that it's wrong for either party to encourage a popular vote on other people's fundamental rights

    July 17, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. FlexSF

    Guiiani, you are partially correct. "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," No shit. Get the hell out of the bedrooms of the gays, you hoary political party; furthermore, the audience needs to be widened. Get the hell out of the bedrooms of the gays, professional, Christianist zealots, or you will get a well deserved punch in the face!

    July 17, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. bj

    i agree with mr. guliani that states should decide and the GOP should stay out of the bedrooms...however, that would mean the democrats would need to do the same...and that just isn't going to happen.
    in witnessing prop 8 in california, the people had previously voted against gay marriage. liberal groups did not like that and had it overturned in he courts. prop 8 was formed to reaffirm the will of the majority of voters...and it passed. again, it was taken to court and overturned (by a gay judge who did not unbiasedly reveal his orientation until after ruling)...the only issue is that the leftist attorney general (now governor) Jerry Brown refused his duty to defend it. so the extreme left used the state legal system to undo the true will of the people.
    if the GOP does not get involved...then other issues will be controlled by their counterparts on the other side of the aisle. i believe the will of the people should stand, as state voters should decide the laws of their communities and not be manipulated by politicians...but again, that just ain't gonna' happen.

    July 17, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Rudy's right. Forget about it!

    July 17, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. GL

    Just one more white man that thinks it is his right to be the President. He is a has been white old man who time has passed.

    July 17, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Stay away from tea party better

    July 17, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Paul B. Bellamy

    Candy,
    Today's show solidified it for me. "State of the Union" is the best political show on television. As a Black, Democratic-leaning, straight observer, I thought you effectively kept all your guests on topic, and allowed each of them to shine. The interview with Mr. Giuliani was particularly eye-opening, and I agreed with just about all of his points. But I think it was your razor-sharp interviewing skills that allowed him, as well as the rest of your guests, to not ramble, argue, be partisan, and lose me. I stayed interested. Yours will be the only political show that I'll DVR. Job well done.

    July 17, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Rudy is right on with this one. Guess he won't be signing the marriage purity pledge.

    July 17, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Yes! Finally, someone in the GOP who will buck the party platform of bigotry and ostracism.

    July 17, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Steve in North Carolina

    Run Rudy Run!

    July 17, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Larry L

    Rudy didn't step too far away from the radical right-wing – the true Republican base. If he had advised them to simply avoid using their own homophobic beliefs to justify the denial of individual rights he'd have been on target. His position is understandable. You can't be a successful Republican politician without the votes of the religious right-wing. They are white, angry, mostly old, bigoted, gullible, and they vote.

    July 17, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. ingrid

    Guiliani is right on this point. The GOP should focus on fiscal issues and not social issues if it hopes to become a real party of ideas once again, instead of functioning like a crazed mob that has no real platform save to obstruct or to focus on ending planned parenthood/gay marriages.

    July 17, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Jeff

    Wait! Where was 9/11 in that statement?

    July 17, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Kim

    Leave it to the states to decide is NOT the solution. My father moved our family to five states when growing up, just to keep his job. I refused after 26 years on my job to be one of the person's tapped on the shoulder to move from Michigan to Texas, and of course was let go. I had spent many days already in Texas and I do not care for the attitude of that state. But that IS the problem. If people need to move to a particular state to get or keep a job, why should the social norms be something like "We got here first so your rights do not matter." I remember all the documents for insurance, benefits, had clauses warning that Tx and LA had laws that restricted the rights of a wife, that makes NO SENSE. Agree that in the US NO GROUP CAN VOTE AWAY SOMEONE ELSE'S RIGHTS. Not at the federal level, not at the state level, not ever.

    July 17, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. ED FL

    Just like Ginghrich, we won't know which wife ,Mistress or partner he wants to be his white house FIRST LADY, PARTNER OR MISTRESS.

    July 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. An Independent

    @MSHMiami – my observation has been that the Republicans want the federal government to stay out of THEIR lives, but want it in the lives of those that want to do something different than they would. It's not just gay marriage. Think about the Terri Schiavo case a few years back. The Federal government had absolutely no business being involved in that and yet it was the #1 priority of the GOP members of Congress for awhile. They want "states rights" when they think the federal government is doing something they don't like, but want federal constitutional amendments when states want to do something they don't like. Hypocrisy all around.

    As I see it, while they claim to be fighting for people's freedom, they are in reality fighting to impose their beliefs and way of life on others. That's usually called tyranny and is exactly what the Founding Fathers didn't want.

    Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.

    July 17, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. buckup

    Republicans again being hypocrites.
    They claim state rights trampled by feds, and that they are the True champions of state rights.
    When states legalize gay whatever, the republicans are proactive plan federal laws to kill it.

    July 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Richard T.

    The GOP still will stick with their "small government" rethoric. That is intended to be "A Christian evangelist government is every bedroom and overlord of women's health."

    July 17, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Leslie

    Republicans are such predjudice, bigots, and they call themselves Christians!!!!! If anyone TRULY believes in God they would accept all of his creations!!!

    July 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. forallpeople

    Homosexuality harms society and must be discouraged.

    July 17, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Ted

    ....America's BIG problem is...Turning Away from God..His Blessings and Protection...Things will get Far Worse...if we continue this path..Honor God as our forefathers and not grandparents did..Turn from Evil...to God..to Good...and He will Keep His Promises and Bless America...Again

    July 17, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Tom

    I think both parties, federal government and state should stay out of people's bedrooms. But it's true that the GOP seems more about smaller government all the while writing more laws to control people's lives and choices. Sad thing.

    July 17, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Mavent

    The only reason he's telling Republicans to "stay out of gay marriage" is because he knows it's a battle they will inevitably lose. I'd have more respect for the guy if he stuck to his guns, and wasn't just using gay marriage as a political talking point.

    July 17, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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