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Wednesday
Jun292011

Giuliani May Break Promise to Preside Over Gay Friend's Wedding

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former New York City Mayor -- and potential 2012 presidential candidate -- Rudy Giuliani allegedly is backing off a promise to preside over a gay friend's wedding, now that New York State has legalized same-sex marriage.

The friend, New York car dealer Howard Koeppel, made headlines in 2001 when he and his partner opened their home to Giuliani for six months while the mayor was going through a bitter divorce. During the time Giuliani was a house guest, Koeppel says he made a request. "I asked if he would marry us," the New York Post quotes Koeppel as saying.

"He said, 'Howard, I don't do anything that's not legal. If it becomes legal in New York, you'll be one of the first ones I would marry,'" Koeppel recalled.

Last week, New York became the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriage, but Koeppel says Giuliani hasn't been returning the many calls he began making as state lawmakers began considering the measure, according to The Post.

"It seems like a lot of people he was close to became persona non grata," Koeppel was quoted as saying.

Koeppel and his partner of nearly 20 years, Mark Hsiao, were married by a justice of the peace in Connecticut in May 2009 after same-sex marriage became legal in that state. This year, the couple became the parents of twin daughters with the help of a surrogate mom.

Giuliani reportedly skipped the 2009 service, after sending in an RSVP that he would attend. Koeppel says he now wants to repeat his vows in New York -- with Giuliani officiating. As a former mayor, Giuliani has the right to officiate at weddings.

A spokeswoman for Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment.

Giuliani, a Republican, was considered a fiscal conservative but moderate-to-liberal on social issues during his eight years as mayor. He has consistently opposed gay marriage but has supported civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Giuliani is leaving the door open to running for president again in 2012 -- he's scheduled to visit New Hampshire July 14-15.

Giuliani's officiating at a same-sex marriage would likely hurt him with conservative voters, potentially ruining whatever chance he might have of winning the Republican nomination.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar312011

Obama Suspends Deportation of Gay Immigrants

(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration put a hold this week on decisions in immigration cases involving married gay couples -- a temporary reprieve while lawyers evaluate the law.

There has been legal confusion over these cases since February, when the administration said the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

American citizens are routinely allowed to obtain green cards for their immigrant spouses, but not if they are homosexual. Gay rights advocates have said the law is discriminatory.

"If you are a bi-national couple that is heterosexual, you get to stay here and work here," said Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, told The New York Times. "If you are gay, you get deported."

The United States is home to about 24,000 same-sex couples in which one partner is an American citizen and the other is not, according to an analysis of 2008 census survey data by the Williams Institute, University of California Los Angeles Law School. About 25 percent of those couples have children.

No one knows how many of these couples are with immigration problems. Some obtain legal residency through work visas, applying for asylum or getting green cards on their own. Others leave for countries that have more favorable laws.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb252011

For the First Time, Openly-Gay Man Chosen as White House Social Secretary

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a historic "first," President Obama has chosen an openly gay man as his new White House Social Secretary. Jeremy Bernard will be named Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary, the first openly gay man to hold that title.

"Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People's House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways," President Obama said in a statement. "We look forward to Jeremy continuing to showcase America’s arts and culture to our nation and the world through the many events at the White House."

Bernard comes to the White House from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador.  Prior to this role, he worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The job of social secretary is a unique one, in charge of planning official White House social events. The White House Social Office, located in the East Wing, works closely with the First Lady to coordinate the events – choosing themes, menus, guest list, décor and overall character of White House events.  The high-profile state dinners, which take months of planning, are often the highlight of the social secretary’s work on display.

'I look forward to working with Jeremy to continue the great work of the Social Office, from fun and educational student workshops to elegant State Dinners that welcome world leaders to the White House," Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. "Jeremy's creativity, perspective, and skills will be a welcome addition to our East Wing team, as we showcase the White House and celebrate America's arts and culture."

This marks Mrs. Obama's third social secretary of the Obama administration, following the departure of Desiree Rogers and Julianna Smoot.

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