Giuliani skips former roommates' same-sex wedding

The then-mayor had promised the couple, who let the then-mayor stay with them when he separated from his wife, that he'd marry them if it became legal.

Published May 4, 2009 3:25PM (EDT)

Once upon a time, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a social liberal, or at least a moderate. He quite happily -- and now, notoriously -- dressed in drag, he moved in with two gay men when he separated from his wife and even reportedly promised those two men that, if same-sex marriage were to become legal in his state, he'd marry them himself. But as he's gotten deeper into Republican politics outside of the Big Apple, his attitude has changed.

Over the weekend, those two men Giuliani roomed with at the beginning of this decade were married in a ceremony in Connecticut. The former mayor was a no-show, the New York Post reports. One of the men, Howard Koeppel, told the Post, "His secretary called Thursday and said he was not able to come to the wedding and wished us all the best."

Giuliani hinted recently that, if he were to run for governor, opposition to current Gov. David Paterson's proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in New York could be a big part of his campaign.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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