Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the only potential 2012 candidate who would be legal to perform same-gender marriages under the New York law that passed last week, walked a delicate line in his first public comments on the topic, per the Daily News politics blog:
“My thoughts are that I’m glad that people who felt discriminated against have sort of had that burden of discrimination lifted. I signed the first civil-union, domestic partnership bill I think in the country. Maybe it was the second. And I still take a lot of criticism for that,” said 2008 GOP presidential hopeful Giuliani at Joe Torre’s Safe at Home Foundation golf outing at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor.
“I still state that marriage is being defined between a man and a woman, but I can truly understand what people are striving for. And as someone who signed civil unions and domestic partnerships, that’s probably my preference,” Giuliani said, according to Peter Botte.
“But I was very glad to see people relieved of this burden of discrimination, which is a terrible thing to feel…
“And I think Gov. Cuomo deserves a lot of credit. Even if you don’t agree with the result, it showed a lot of leadership to execute the result. For the first time in a long time, we’re seeing leadership at the gubernatorial level in New York, including expenses and a lot of systematic control of government and I think that’s a good sign for a lot of other things the governor can do.”
Giuliani explicitly voiced his feelings about marriage as “between a man and a woman” in his 2008 presidential run, when he was courting conservative activists.
As he said, he signed a break-through civil unions bill when he was mayor.