Rudy Giuliani allegedly breaks a promise to marry his gay friend

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Rudy Giuliani may be famous for a lot of things (mysteriously vanishing most of New York's homeless population, for example), but promise-breaking isn't one of them. Until now. Giuliani's friend, car dealer Howard Koppel, is alleging that Giuliani made a promise to officiate a wedding for Koppel and his partner if same-sex marriage were ever legalized in New York.

Koeppel famously put Giuliani up in his Manhattan apartment during the former mayor's messy divorce from Donna Hanover in 2001. During the course of this unique co-habitation (scored entirely to the theme of The Odd Couple in my head), Koeppel and Giuliani chatted amiably over breakfast while Koeppel advised Giuliani on which tie to wear. Koeppel, who has been with his partner, Mark Hsiao, since 1991, asked Giuliani if he would marry the two of them. Giuliani allegedly replied: "Howard, I don't ever do anything that's not legal. If it becomes legal in New York, you'll be one of the first ones I would marry."

Koeppel and Hsiao got married in Connecticut in 2009 and became the parents of twin girls this year through a surrogate. Koeppel would like to repeat the ceremony in New York City, with Giuliani officiating. (Mayors of New York City retain the right to conduct weddings even after leaving office.) Sadly, Koeppel's relationship with Giuliani seems to have deteriorated. "It seems like a lot of people he was close to become persona non grata," Koeppel told the New York Post. Koeppel thought Giuliani meant what he said: "He doesn't usually say things just to make you feel good. He's straight as an arrow."

Double entendres aside, Koeppel is waiting for any response from Giuliani, much less a reasonable excuse as to why the former mayor broke his promise: "He wouldn't be married three times if he was holier than thou," Koeppel said.

I think the most obvious explanation here is that Giuliani is still holding out some hope of running for President. And though he's always been considered a moderate in the GOP party, publicly officiating a gay marriage would be a death sentence for any hopes he might have of running as a Republican.

To which I say: man up, Rudy — it's doubtful that Republicans across America would hold a gay marriage against you any more than they would you being a New Yorker.