When the former NYC mayor’s second marriage (he’s now on his third) broke up nearly 10 years ago, he lived for six months with a gay couple: Howard Koeppel and Mark Hsiao who have been together since 1991.
Even before same-sex marriage was approved in New York last week, Koeppel says Giuliani has been ducking his calls.
“I asked if he would marry us,” Koeppel told the New York Post. “He said, ‘Howard, I don’t ever do anything that’s not legal. If it becomes legal in New York, you’ll be one of the first ones I would marry.’ “
Mayors of New York City retain the right to conduct weddings even after leaving office.
He doesn’t usually say things just to make you feel good,” said Koeppel. “He’s straight as an arrow. … He wouldn’t be married three times if he was holier than thou,”
Giuliani, who flopped miserably as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, has consistently opposed gay marriage but endorsed civil unions and domestic partnerships.
At an event earlier this week, he said this about New York’s marriage equality: “I’m glad that people who felt discriminated against have that, sort of, burden of discrimination lifted.”