Governor candidate Carl Paladino makes anti-gay slur
Tuesday 12 October 2010
The Conservative Republican candidate for governor of New York told Orthodox Jewish leaders that he doesn't want children "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality" is acceptable.
While Carl Paladino, a multimillionaire developer from Buffalo, has stated that he is opposed to gay marriage, his most recent comments were striking because they came hours after eight people were charged over an attack on a gay man and two gay teenagers in the Bronx on 3 October.
Mr Paladino, who has received strong support from conservative Tea Party activists, made the comments at a Brooklyn synagogue while striking a contrast between himself and his Democratic rival, state attorney general Andrew Cuomo. It was not the first controversy for Mr Paladino, who apologised for forwarding racist and sexist emails early on in his campaign to replace Democratic Governor David Paterson.
Mr Cuomo, a son of former governor Mario Cuomo, leads in the polls in the heavily Democratic state. Mr Paladino said he chose not to march in this summer's gay pride parade but his opponent did. "That's not how God created us," Mr Paladino said of being gay, "and that's not the example that we should be showing our children".
He skipped a prepared line from his speech at the synagogue: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual." Mr Paladino said he did not agree with the passage. He said the remarks were suggested by his "hosts at the synagogue".
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£47,334 - £59,058 per annum: Coventry University: The Centre for Agroecology, ...