Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani – who is apparently still running for president – received a ringing endorsement from The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Federal Political Action Committee. Their kind words will hopefully remind voters that Giuliani once loved the gays, yet has distanced himself in recent months.
Awww, look at Rudy! So smiley, so full of life, so still in this race. Now, we’re not sure if this endorsement will do anything for Giuliani, who’s currently third in Florida, but we’re sure his campaign is absolutely thrilled someone remembered his candidacy. From the press release:
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Federal Political Action Committee has endorsed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in Florida’s January 29, 2008 Republican Presidential Preference Primary.
While the PAC recognizes that none of the Republican Presidential candidates are as supportive of GLBT issues as their Democratic counterparts, Giuliani’s record places him well above the other Republican Presidential candidates.
During his tenure as Mayor (1994 – 2001), Giuliani:
• signed into law a domestic partnership ordinance that, at the time, was among the most comprehensive domestic partnerships laws in the nation;
• established and funded a Hate Crimes Task Force that allowed the city to fully investigate and prosecute hate crimes;
• budgeted $1.5 million for New York City’s GLBT Community Center’s capital campaign;
• appointed openly gay men and lesbians to high-level positions within his administration;
• participated in the annual New York City Pride Parade and held annual Pride celebrations at the mayor’s official residence, Gracie Mansion; and
• urged President Bush to include domestic partners and committed same-sex life partners in the September 11 federal victims’ compensation fund.
In addition, Giuliani was one of the first Republican elected officials in New York State to publicly support both federal and the New York State hate crimes legislation. He was also one of the first Republican elected officials in New York to support statewide legislation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
As a Presidential candidate, Giuliani has spoken out in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation nationwide. (However, it is unclear if he supports including gender identity).
Giuliani opposes amending the U. S. Constitution to limit marriages to those between one man and one woman only and supports federal domestic partnership legislation which would provide basic legal protections for our relationships.
However, as more conservative Republican Presidential candidates have gained support over the past several weeks, Giuliani has begun to downplay his earlier accomplishments on behalf of the GLBT community.
If you are registered to vote in the Republican Presidential Primary, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Federal Political Action Committee recommends Giuliani.
Wait. Look at those last two sentences. They acknowledge Giuliani’s gay silence, yet still urge voters to use their democratic power to install him in the White House.
And we thought the Democrats were spineless!