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Gov. Race: Paladino says nay to the gays

While Carl Paladino had made his opposition to same-sex marriage widely known throughout the campaign, Sunday marked his first foray into the type of anti-gay rhetoric typically reserved for the most ardent of social conservatives.

Here's an excerpt from his remarks to Orthodox rabbis in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

"The ruling elite of this society must get over their hostility towards religious people and their values. We must stop mocking religion in this country. We must stop this indoctrination of our children in our schools in ideas and values that will prevent them from enjoying happy and successful lives. We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives."

"I didn't march in the gay parade, gay pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that's not the example that we should be showing our children, certainly not in our schools. 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 will be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option -- it isn't." 

In the prepared remarks -- which were handed out to reporters by one of Paladino's host rabbis at the K'hal Adam Kasho synogague in Williamsburg -- but not said by Paladino was the line: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That's not how G-d created us." 

Asked why that line was striken while Paladino delivered the rest of the prepared text verbatim, Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo said: "Different leaders of the Orthodox community advised Carl on the first draft of the speech. The speech that Carl read was his own." 

(Special thanks to WNYC's Azi Paybarah for the video.) 


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