Rudy Giuliani, formerly an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, is now urging Republicans to back off on the issue. "I think that marriage should be between a man and a woman," he said on CNN yesterday, "but I think that the Republican Party would be well advised to get the heck out of people's bedrooms and let these things get decided by states."
The former NYC Mayor continued that he still considers gay marriage "wrong" but added:
"I think we got far — not necessarily more important things — but far more relevant things to talk about what government should be talking about — how to deal with the budget, how to deal with Afghanistan […] That's what we should be talking about. The rest of it — if you are a libertarian Republican or you have a streak of libertarian Republican, I don't know what the heck the Republican Party wants to getting involved in people's sexual lives and personal lives so much. Stay out of it, and I think we would be a much more successful political party if we stuck to our economic conservative roots and the idea of a strong assertive America that is not embarrassed to be the leader of the world."
Even if Giuliani's shifting views are more a result of changing political pressures than a sudden progressive change of heart — he did go out of his way to make it clear he views same-sex marriage as "wrong," after all — he's pretty spot on about the amount of time the GOP wastes on so-called moral issues, and it's always nice to see one more indication that public opinion continues to move in favor of same-sex marriage.