Here's my quick transcript of Rudy on Meet the Press this morning:
Russert: But You don't think homosexuality is aberrant, unnatural, or sinful.
Giuliani: No, no, no. No, I don't believe it's sinful. My moral views on this come from the, you know, from the Catholic Church. And I, I believe that, um, homosexuality, heterosexuality as a, as a way somebody leads their life is not, isn't sinful. It's the acts, the various acts that people perform that are sinful, not the orientation that they have.
Russert: The Congress is discussing-
Giuliani: Which includes me by the way. Unfortunately I've had my own sins that I've had to confess and deal with and try to overcome, and so I'm very very empathetic with people. We're all, we're all imperfect human beings struggling to, uh, to try to be better.
This most recent statement is only the most explicit in a litany of carefully expressed homophobia; he doesn't want to flip from his support of domestic partnerships in NYC, so he's done everything except that.
So question: do we want a president who says that his views on homosexuality come from Pope Benedict?
We're just a bit too familiar with the whole acts/orientation distinction. Stay celibate, homos, keep your relationships in the closet if you want to live a Rudy-approved life. It's love the sinner, hate the sin time since Rudy needs votes.
But when the "sin" is an intrinsic part of one's identity, the line between the two gets blurred.
And having my generally responsible sex and love life compared to America's Playa's is quite frankly insulting.
He's noticeably nervous during this part of the long interview with Tim Russert, more so than at other times, which makes me wonder if there's some part of his cold, dark heart that still remembers the gay couple that took him in after he left his second wife. But it doesn't matter anymore since Rudy wants to be president, and he's going to say whatever to get into office and line his coffers like he did in New York City.
Maybe this will end the media's myth that Rudy's the pro-gay Republican. But I'm not holding my breath.
Here's the YouTube vid (at about the 4-minute mark):