Guliani's running. Talk about trying to win no matter what. Republicans probably think this will bring gay votes, just as "Hispanics" tipped the party to put Little Bushy in the house seven years ago.
Check out the article to see how he's already covering his butt (yes, a pun) to not appear supportive of all things gay. Makes me wonder what LGBT rights he is in support of. Here's the record (from Lambda Legal):
NEW YORK STATE LAW
Licenses marriages for same-sex couples? No
Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions? Yes
Statewide relationship recognition for same-sex couples? No
2000 Anti-Marriage Bill Proposed. S.5228: Anti-marriage bill again sponsored by Senator Maltese (R), carried over from previous year. A.594: Anti-marriage bill again sponsored by Rep. Seminerio (D), carried over from previous year.
1995 Domestic partnership benefits. The Civil Service Employees Association, representing most (but not all) New York State public employees, reached an agreement to include domestic partnership benefits in its new contract.
Statewide private employment protections based on sexual orientation? Yes, N.Y. CLS Exec. Law 296 (2005)
Statewide private employment protections based on gender identity? No
Are state employees protected from sexual orientation discrimination? Yes
2003 Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (S.720/A.1971). Signed by Governer Pataki on 12/17/02.
Hate Crimes Law
New York’s hate crimes law includes sexual orientation. Chapter 107 of the Laws of 2000.
p.s. I never did like Snickers. (choose snickers ad, 1st quarter) Just as we think gay acceptance is higher, communities are more receptive, etc., we are reminded, by political leaders and television, by our families and neighbors, that being gay is still viewed without education. If gay acceptance were really here, suicides like those of Rachel Crites and Rachel Smith wouldn't happen.