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.”