A Rudy Flip Flop?

Sure sounds like it. Rudy Giuliani is now opposed to civil unions:

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s campaign told The New York Sun on Thursday that the former New York City mayor opposes a New Hampshire law that will legalize civil unions between homosexual couples because it “goes too far.”

“In this specific case the law states same sex civil unions are the equivalent of marriage and recognizes same sex unions from outside states. This goes too far and Mayor Giuliani does not support it,” the campaign said in a statement sent to the Sun.

The newspaper calls that “a startling departure from his previously stated position on civil unions.”

As someone who generally likes Rudy, I can’t figure out what his rationale is in taking such a position. I guess he’s trying to assuage concerns from conservative Christians, but it seems to me that he’ll do more to alienate moderates and fiscal conservatives than any gains he’ll make among conservative Christians. And his appeal with them is going to be limited due to his pro-choice position on abortion.

Rudy is a smart guy, but this isn’t a smart move on his part.

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