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Rudy Giuliani thinks GOP should 'get the heck out of people's bedrooms'

Rudy Giuliani thinks GOP should get the heck out of people's bedrooms

Rudy Giuliani has been married three times. Maybe that's why he doesn't want the government in his bedroom? Or maybe that's why he doesn't feel he should be telling Americans what marriage is?

Either way, the former New York City mayor feels that his political party should get out of the marriage business.

"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 told Candy Crowley on 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," the 67-year-old native New Yorker said.

Recently New York passed a same-sex marriage bill that allows gays and lesbians to wed legally. Giuliani consistently had stated that gays and lesbians should opt for civil unions as opposed to traditional marriages. Did watching that historic event play out change his mind about gay marriages?

"I think it's wrong, but there are other things that I think are wrong that get decided by democratic vote," Giuliani said. "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."

In 2009 when he was considering running for New York governor, Giuliani had no problem mixing the controversial subject with politics.

"Marriage, I believe, both traditionally and legally, has always been between a man and a woman and should remain between a man and woman," said Giuliani in April 2009. "And 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."

Giuliani, who is now thinking about running again for president, said last week that if he threw his hat in the ring he wouldn't worry about finances the way he did when he lost in the GOP primaries in 2008 to John McCain.

"I'll just not worry about the money," Giuliani told The Times' Maeve Reston in New London, New Hampshire. "I'll just run, and the money will take care of itself."


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Andrew Malcolm is on vacation through Tuesday.

Photo: Former New York City Mayor and possible U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani climbs off a motorcycle on display at the Harley Davidson store in Manchester, N.H. on July 14. Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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