Giuliani throws gays under the bus
Talk about someone changing their tune in a New York minute.
It seems like we have another Republican that will do or say anything in order to capture his party's nomination.
Rudy on CNN Inside Politics 12.02.99:
"I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights"
Rudy on MTP 12.09.07:
MR. RUSSERT: And we’re back. Our remaining minutes with Rudy Giuliani.It seems like Rudy's over-the-top statement regarding gays has caught the attention of a gay-rights group that issued this press release and called for Giuliani to clarify his comment.
Mike Huckabee, leading the field in Iowa, told the Associated Press back in the ‘90s that AIDS patients should be quarantined and that “homosexuality was aberrant, unnatural and a sinful lifestyle.” What’s your reaction?
MR. GIULIANI: My reaction is that I haven’t seen—on the second of that, I haven’t seen Mike’s comment. The first one I think he says that he didn’t have the information, that he’s changed his mind about it, it’s not his current position. Look, I got enough of my own statements and issues, as we’ve seen, that I have to deal with. I think Mike has to...
MR. RUSSERT: But you don’t believe homosexuality is aberrant...
MR. GIULIANI: Oh, no, no, no.
MR. RUSSERT: ...unnatural or sinful.
MR. GIULIANI: My, my, my—no, I don’t believe it’s sinful. My, my moral views on this come from the, you know, from the Catholic Church, and I believe that homosexuality, heterosexuality as a, as a way that somebody leads their life is not—isn’t sinful. It’s the acts, it’s the various acts that people perform that are sinful, not the—not the orientation that they have.
MR. RUSSERT: The Congress is discussing and...
MR. GIULIANI: Which includes me, by the way. I mean, you know, unfortunately, I’ve had my own sins that I’ve had to confess and had to deal with and try to overcome and so I’m very, very empathetic with people, and that we’re all, we’re all imperfect human beings struggling to, to try to be better.
Truth Wins Out called on Rudolph W. Giuliani today to clarify a statement he made about gay relationships to moderator Tim Russert on NBC’s Meet the Press. While Giuliani said he did not think a person’s sexual orientation was sinful, he seemed to mirror the far right’s assertion that homosexual “acts” are sinful.
“Have Giuliani’s long held convictions on gay relationships changed in a New York minute to win the GOP nomination? If they have, then he lacks the character to be president,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Giuliani’s answer on Meet the Press seemed to parrot the religious right’s cruel and empty ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ rhetoric. We call on Giuliani to clarify what ‘acts’ he thinks are sinful and we hope he continues to respect all relationships.”