Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked how he will approach social issues such as gay marriage and abortion when he appeared at a a March 7 fundraiser at Obsidian Catering.
"My view on gay marriages is that, basically, marriage should be between a man and a woman," Giuliani said. "I did 220 weddings when I was mayor of New York and every single one was a man and a woman. I'm probably going to see one on a blog where somebody has fooled me wearing a suit or a dress and they've gone back the other way. It's New York City after all."
"But I believe the way to deal with it is to have domestic partnerships. If somebody is gay, somebody is lesbian, they want to protect their rights, they should be allowed to protect their rights and be protected against discrimination. America is better than that. And the Christian religion is better than that. We can take marriage and put it in a preserved position. I think government should stay out of that and let people live their lives."
Asked how he will deal with the Christian right, Giuliani said, "I will say the same things to them that I say to you. I tell them what my position is. I don't like abortion. I wish there were no abortions. To go through adoption. If it was somebody I knew or had a relationship with, I'd give them the money for it (adoption). I expressed that as mayor of New York City by dramatically increasing adoptions and decreasing abortions. But, ultimately, a woman has that right to make the choice that is different than one I think she should make. I don't think government should put you in jail for it."
Polls show Guiliani has been the front-runner for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination for the past three consecutive months, running well ahead of his nearest competitor, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Considering that the likely Democratic nominee will be either Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) or Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), the prospects are looking good that the two major candidates for president in 2008 will not be using gay marriage as a wedge issue. It's still early though and a lot can change.