Cuomo, Paladino Spar at Columbus Day Parade

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Italian-American pride provided a backdrop for the latest sparing in New York's gubernatorial race. Along the Fifth Avenue route of the Columbus Day Parade, Democrat Andrew Cuomo criticized Republican Carl Paladino for his remarks yesterday stating he doesn't want his children "brainwashed" into believing homosexuality is a viable life choice.

"I think the comments that Mr. Paladino made were reckless. I think they were divisive. They were reckles in light of all the recent violence that we've had," Cuomo said. He was referring to recent bias attacks against gays in the Bronx and Greenwich Village.

Before the kickoff of the parade, two gay Democrats -- Senator Tom Duane and City Council speaker Christine Quinn -- urged Paladino to apologize for his remarks about homosexuality. Quinn said the comments were "not only deeply offense" but also "dangerous," given the recent hate crime attacks.

Paladino, meanwhile, said he doesn't have a problem with homosexuality. "I unequivocally support gay rights. Unequivocally." Paladino said. "The one thing that I don't is marriage."

Earlier on Monday, Paladino told NBC's Today Show that children should not be taken to gay pride parades because gay men dress in skimpy bathing suits and "grind against each other." Paladino's comments were a dig against Cuomo, who has taken his children to gay pride parades. Cuomo told reporters he's not going to take parenting advice from Paladino.