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Paladino Would Veto Gay Marriage Legislation

Sunday, October 10, 2010

After his strong comments against gay people to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community yesterday, Republican candidate Carl Paladino backed down on this morning's TV news.  In an interview with ABC he said, "I only have one problem with homosexuality and that's their desire to be married.  And beyond that, I don't have a problem whatsoever."

Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo fired back, calling Paladino's comments homophobic.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Sunday that he takes a "live and let live" approach to gay people -- but he doesn't want kids growing up to think that they are normal or should be emulated in any way.

Paladino spent much of the day talking to ultra-Orthodox Jews in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, emphasizing his socially conservative positions.

In Williamsburg, Paladino said that it is one of the issues that distinguishes him from his Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo.

"I didn't march in the Gay Parade -- Gay Pride Parade -- this year," Paladino said. "My opponent did. And that's not the kind of example we should be showing our children."

Paladino went on to say children need to be taught a lesson about homosexuality.

"I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family," he said. "And I don't want them to get brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option."

He said he would veto any legislation favoring same-sex marriages or civil unions.

Cuomo's campaign quickly responded, saying the Buffalo businessman "displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality."

Paladino also told the largely Hasidic Jewish audience that he supports a program to provide tax breaks to people whose children attend private or religious schools. Paladino said he believes there's a way to structure the program so it doesn't violate the separation of church and state and can withstand legal challenges.

 

THIS ARTICLE WAS UPDATED AT 9:45AM ON MONDAY.

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Comments [32]

elena from NYC

i grew up in a small, slightly backwards town. when i moved to NY six years ago, i felt like i had come home...diversity was self-evident in the faces and conversations surrounding me on my daily commute. i am neither homosexual nor an orthodox Jew, but as a child of Jewish parents directly affected by the holocaust, i was raised to believe that hate and intolerance are the true roots of all evil. listening to the recent comments made both by Paladino, and this Rabbi, i am thoroughly disgusted at the concept that anyone who lives in a city that experienced 9/11 or claims to be a conscientious religious leader of a people whose history has been shaped by only one of the most horrific displays of genocide in modern times (the holocaust) would even believe, much less voice, the belief that gays are "less than valid." In fact, didn't Hitler say pretty much the same thing? people like Paladino and this particular Rabbi say that it is Homosexuals who are destroying the fabric of society and denigrating "family values" simply by claiming the right to live their OWN life as they choose...WHICH AFFECTS NO ONE ELSE...yet the REAL threats to society's "fabric" are the parents who are teaching their children that hate and intolerance (which ALWAYS affect others) are "successful options." SHAME ON YOU BOTH!!!

Oct. 14 2010 10:50 AM
Trini from Texas

There is no right or wrong way to go about what Paladino said but all of you that had something bad to say are just as wrong as him. What is wrong with him not supporting gay marriage ???? Marriage is a commitment before GOD is a godly ceremony is it not? Or is it that homosexual pick and choose what they accept from the bible? Some of its real but not all of it since this part clearly states what were doing is wrong its obviously not real we will just remove that. I have no problem with gay people in fact when it comes to gay men I wish you were all Trannies b/c i love you all to death they are the sweetest most beautiful caring people I have ever met and they ALWAYS have a good time always its amazing. However, have a commitment ceremony fine i support that 100% ... Too have a marriage before god .. is blasphemy. You all seem to forget that we are all just humans we all make mistakes how dare you prepare his child to have an ashamed life you make me sick

Oct. 12 2010 03:27 PM

I guess I'm not so shocked that Mr. Cuomo failed to state, or WNYC failed to report, Mr. Cuomo's view of "same sex" marriage.
Is it any different than our president's?

@jm:

". . . .who fathered a "bastard child" . . ."

About the most "hateful" use of words in these comments is your unnecessary reference to Mr. Paladino's child. How is whatever hurt his comments have caused lessened by your puerile epithet?

Say you're sorry and sin no more.

Oct. 11 2010 01:53 PM
emjayay from Brooklyn

So, God only created straight people and gay people are from another non God created dimension. Being gay is unhealthy and gives you AIDS, except for all the lesbians, which I guess are therefore OK. Even though there is all kinds of evidence all through history of a certain part of the populace experiencing primarily same sex attraction, even in societies which are totally anti gay, we don't want to turn people gay by having a parade or otherwise acknowledging their existence. And, as a lot of commenters have pointed out, stable gay relationships are bad and not approved by the Catholic church, but it's perfectly OK to have a secret kid by another women while being a married Catholic. Except for it being a mortal sin and all. Go Tea Party! USA! USA!

I'm sure Cuomo isn't perfect, but.....

Oct. 11 2010 01:32 PM
BLUEWIZARD52 from Sullivan County, NY

he uses PORNOGRAPHERS AND PERSVERTS... but NOOOOOO!!!!! its not 'hate' speech.. he doesn't want to HURT us, but he is thereby 'supporting' anyone who DOES want to hurt homosexuals... he didn't march in the Gay pride march this year? does that mean he did before? ..what a hypocrite..!!

Oct. 11 2010 01:30 PM
jm

Ed: do you support banning marriage for a man who fathered a "bastard child" (not to mention, one who enjoys bestiality)? Paladino's "lifestyle" is far more harmful for society than the sexual proclivities of any other group of consenting adults

Oct. 11 2010 11:31 AM
Dan from NY

I initially felt the media was really ganging up on this guy a little unfairly until I read this! This comment is especially hard to digest, given the string of gay teenage suicides surfacing in the news over the past few weeks. This guy is a loose cannon and a gay pride parade is no more disgusting than grown adults binge drinking and causing mayhem on the streets of new york during St. Patrick's day parade. At least drag queens are entertaining. If this guy had the tolerance and sensitivity necessary to be the governor of new york, he would of already witnessed for himself that there's a lot more than "speedo-clad men griding" down 5th avenue during NYC gay pride parade. There are families and fire fighters and police officers and churches and local community organizations and nurses and sports leagues and all kinds of people. The main reason behind NYC Gay pride is to raise awareness that we are everywhere and how people should be accepting if not just tolerant of each others differences and not afraid! It's a shame that this narrow minded bigot can only associate gay with 'speedo clad men'.. He's disgusting!!

Oct. 11 2010 11:22 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Mr. Paladino's position, then, is not homophobic and has nothing to do with hatred at all.

Oct. 11 2010 11:04 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Mr. Paladino's position is the sensible one: discrimination or abuse of homosexual people is completely wrong and out of bounds. At the same time, it is not a lifestyle that should be encouraged, for many reasons.

Oct. 11 2010 11:02 AM
jm

I'm always amused when a member of one conservative religious sect builds a bridge of hate to another based on an odious common belief, when in normal life they would have nothing to do with each other.

Oct. 11 2010 11:00 AM
JohnB from New York, NY

Paladino is fine popping out more bastard children by his bimbos but doesn't support a loving couple getting married. That should be no surprise considering who and what he is.

Oct. 11 2010 10:43 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Carl Paladino interestingly appropriates (his version of) Catholicism when it suits him. The church has quite vivid views on adultery and divorce, too, both of which characterized his relationships. Mr. Paladino's argument that heterosexuality is a more "successful" option is false on its face, as evidenced by his own failed marriage.

Oct. 11 2010 10:28 AM
Kathleen from queens

He doesn't want children to be brainwashed? What's his stance on organized religion, then?

Oct. 11 2010 10:25 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

I took a pledge to Truth and Civility last week as a commitment to reject personal attacks, demagoguery, and hateful language during the election season. I am finding it VERY difficult to uphold that pledge after hearing Mr. Paladino's speech. I am incensed by his seemingly limitless trove of prejudices, ignorance, and bigotry. Moreover, I hope his views are not consonant with the voters'; what I treasure most about New York City is our "big tent" and inclusive ethos - and I believe the resultant diversity is our greatest strength. I can only pray that Mr. Paladino's time at the microphone will be short-lived and that the voters will reject him as an angry, divisive, and unqualified candidate.

Oct. 11 2010 10:15 AM
Rob Bach from Manhattan

donny boy sands... I think your confusing Nihilism with Atheism. I believe most atheists would tell you they believe in the divine in each of us. We are all god. It doesn't exist outside of us except in other people.
I am not sure why gays would want to be apart of such an hypocritical institution other than for legal rights. You don't need that contract to suddenly declare the values of commitment, loyalty, love and compassion. (Groucho, got it right..You should never join a club that would have you as it's member)

Oct. 11 2010 10:14 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

When will Paladino's gay lover come out and denounce him!

Oct. 11 2010 10:13 AM
Mark from 07040

Paladino's comments absolutely qualify as hate speech.

He jumps from "perverts" to gay people, and how "our children" need to be protected from them. His remarks support the notion that people "choose" to be gay, and that gay people "brainwash" children. That kind of talk leads to gay-bashing, violence, and the taunting which (as we have recently seen) leads to tragic results.

By the way, his claim is not a "Catholic" position, and his attempt to use a false shield of religion is also distasteful.

Oct. 11 2010 10:09 AM
Sally from LES

What does it say about this Jewish group? I'm sick and tired of the hypocrisy with gays and minority groups.

Oct. 11 2010 09:48 AM
Patricia from FH

He claims he's view on gays are based on his Catholic beliefs. Since when is it ok according to Catholic beliefs to have a child out of wedlock or have an extramarital affair. Bad example to our children, Mr. Paladino is a bad example to our children.

Oct. 11 2010 09:27 AM

This guy is so filled with hate, why would anyone vote for him? He is the same jerk that took great delight in passing along racist and sexist emails to others.

Oct. 11 2010 09:15 AM
Andre Gallo from New Jersey

While I don’t agree with Mr. Palandino's political rhetoric as a Christian that believes in morals as define by our Creator, God,
I do agree on his stand against Gay marriage and civil unions.
Marriage is sacred. Homosexuality has been judge by my Creator as an abomination to Him just like adultery, incest, pedophilia or any other sexual immorality.
I am a Christian that has come out of the closet not for selfish reasons but to stand up for God’s truth while others dare not. I further don’t agree on tolerance at the exception of truth. Truth is, there is hope, love, grace mercy and salvation for all that seek truth above error including homosexuals.

Oct. 11 2010 09:00 AM
Michael from Ireland

Considering the facts on the health hazards for people engaging in the homosexual life - that sexually active male homosexuals have life spans much shorter than heterosexuals - then surely those of us who care for their physical, mental and spiritual well-being should be discouraging them from being sexually active? There are many sites on the internet that explain what diseases other than STD's to which these unfortunates are prone so those who are unaware of them ought to investigate and inform themselves of the facts.

Oct. 11 2010 08:50 AM
Michael from Ireland

It's about time people stood up to the gay agenda!

Oct. 11 2010 08:42 AM
hiyyavrom nachums from S.F.

2 observations: (1) Carl has Papal eyes.
(2) His audience of A-Misch Jews follow Papal halakhah: condemn violators of your slant on Divine law, but protect your leaders who violate it themsleves.

Oct. 11 2010 06:27 AM
jaypf

Matt from Bkln -

you would call this a hate speech? You obviously wouldn't know hate if it came up and bit you on the leg...

John from Westchester -

Very true comment

Oct. 11 2010 03:56 AM
Matt from Brooklyn

You can watch the video of Carl Paladino's hate speech against homosexuality here:
http://bit.ly/99MU5E

Oct. 10 2010 09:59 PM
ignatzz from NYC

Is anybody going to mention the elephant in this room?

Carl Paladino thinks it's bad for two men to be in a committed relationship, but he thinks it's "normal" for many men to look at pictures of a woman having sex with a horse?

And he has the NERVE to talk about setting an example for children?

Oct. 10 2010 09:45 PM
don sands

He is just a politician with his point of view.

What does the Lord say about fornication, or sexual behavior outside of a man and a women?

That is the question. At least for those who believe we were created by a supreme being. For the atheist, it really doesn't matter.
You can do whatever you want, and in the end it doesn't really matter, because we are no different than a gas, or an asteroid.

Oct. 10 2010 09:29 PM
Phil from West Virginia

Are you serious?

This guy just spoke the truth.

Homosexuality is disgusting. It is absolutely NOT the kind of thing we should be showing our children.

It's an absolute perversion of the human body. But I guess since Satan can't create life, he just does his best to pervert it.

Oct. 10 2010 09:27 PM
John from Westchester

Mr. Paladino is campaigning for Governor and is expressing his view. This view is one of the things that the electorate will consider on election day. This country, lest we forget, was built in part on free speech.

Let Mr. Paladino say what he wants to say. He is entitled to his opinion on this and every other issue. Isn't this exactly what we want to know. how the candidates feel about the issues of the day? Doesn't this help us to decide which candidate is worthy of our vote and which one is not?

Why do we cherish the right of free speech and then demonize someone when he exercises his right to speak freely?

Oct. 10 2010 09:26 PM
Ewa Rowinski

Open your eyes, your mind and your heart!
Gays ARE our children!

Oct. 10 2010 09:20 PM
CHAD from 82201

THIS IS THE SAME CREEP WHO SENT VIDEOS OF HORSES HAVING SEX WITH WOMEN IN HIS EMAILS?? RT WING JIHAND REPUBLICAN GONE MAD

Oct. 10 2010 09:18 PM

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