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Paladino's speech in Williamsburg

Carl Paladino's remarks to a Jewish group in Williamsburg is causing a bit of a stir. I'll have the video of it up shortly. But in the meantime, here's a portion of his prepared remarks, which aides handed out in advance:

"And don't misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie. My approach is 'live and let live.' 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."

Shortly after I Tweeted part of this speech, Andrew Cuomo's campaign released a statement, saying "Mr. Paladino's statement displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality."

UPDATE: And there's one more part of Paladino's speech that's worth excerpting:

"I didn't march in the gay parade this year -the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did and that's not the example we should be showing our children," Paladino said. His prepared remarks went further.