Rudy Giuliani, the ex-New York City mayor who is contemplating a run for the governor’s office, opposes gay marriage.
He makes that clear in an interview with the New York Post. "Marriage, I believe, both traditionally and legally, has always been between a man and a woman and should remain between a man and woman," says Giuliani, who has been married three times.
That view keeps him firmly in the mainstream, Giuliani points out. "Democrats, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, have essentially the same position I have, which is let's have civil unions, but not go so far as to change the definition of marriage.”
New York Gov. David Paterson proposed a law last week to legalize gay marriage. That effort will prove to be a catalyst, Giuliani says – a catalyst in the opposite direction from what Paterson and his supporters seek.
"This will create a grass-roots movement. This is the kind of issue that, in many ways, is somewhat beyond politics," Giuliani says.
"I think gay marriage will obviously be an issue for any Republican next year, because Republicans are either in favor of the position I'm in favor of, civil unions, or in many cases Republicans don't even favor civil unions."
A Quinnipiac poll earlier this month shows that just 41 percent of New York voters support gay marriage.
Giuliani says he will decide before the end of the year whether to run in the 2010 governor’s race.
Same sex marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts and Connecticut and will be allowed in Iowa and Vermont starting in April and September respectively.
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