NY governor candidate Paladino says he only opposes gay marriage (and doesn’t like the parades)
Carl Paladino, the Tea Party backed Republican candidate running for New York governor, says he is not against homosexuals, only gay marriage and taking children to gay pride parades.
News reports quoted Paladino, in remarks to Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, saying: “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”
The Buffalo businessman was on all the morning talk shows today responding to criticism over those comments. The campaign of his opponent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, said the remarks displayed “a stunning homophobia and glaring disregard for basic equality.”
Today the message from Paladino was that he is not anti-gay, he has a gay nephew, but he is opposed to gay marriage.
“I wanted to clearly distinguish that my feelings about homosexuality were no different that those of the Catholic Church. I’m a Catholic,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” show. “I only have one problem with homosexuality and that’s the desire to be married.”
On NBC’s “Today” show he criticized Cuomo for taking his daughters to a gay pride parade. “I don’t think it is proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other. I don’t think that’s proper. I think it’s disgusting.”
As for the public opinion polls that show him trailing Cuomo — Real Clear Politics average has Cuomo up by 18.8 points — Paladino says: “I don’t listen to the polls. The poll that I will listen to is on November 2nd.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Jacob Silberberg (two groops atop wedding cake at annual Gay Pride Parade in New York)