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Paladino on Good Morning America

Tries explaining his remarks:

"I’m not a homophobic. I have no reservations whatsoever about gays, only except for marriage."


"I have a nephew and my nephew is a wonderful boy, and he’s gay and I see the difficulty he suffers every day with discriminatory people and I think that’s the root of that. Now, Andrew Cuomo said he took his children to a gay pride parade. I was at one in Toronto one time, we stumbled on it, my wife and I. It wasn’t pretty. It was a bunch of very extreme type people in bikini-type outfits grabbing at each other and doing these gyrations and I certainly wouldn’t let my young children see that."

Paladino said the storm around his speech yesterday “started with a remark that I excised from a statement that had been drawn. I took that statement out. I wouldn’t say that."

Here's his exchange with the show's host:

George Stephanopoulos:
"The sentence was, 'There’s nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.' ”

"That was not my, I would not adopt that."

"How did it get into your prepared remarks, because it was in your prepared remarks and it was distributed after the speech, yet when you were reading the remarks you skipped over it."

"The remarks, I dictated, and a general aide to a person, okay, who put that in there. My first reading of it was really quickly, just as we were getting out and I saw that remark and I crossed it out on my sheets. And I got inside and I read my remarks and then afterwards, somebody in the rabbinical group distributed it, that had been prepared. But it was crossed off and I refused to say it, because it’s not true. It’s not the way I feel about things."