In what can only be described as predictable, New York gubernatorial candidate and rageaholic Carl Paladino told a group of Jewish leaders in Brooklyn all about the “dysfunctional homosexual” lifestyle. Or at least he was supposed to.
“I didn’t march in the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did,” read Paladino’s script for the event in front of a sympathetic audience of Orthodox Jewish community heads. “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That’s not how God created us, and that’s not the example that we should be showing our children, and certainly not in our schools.”
But what did Paladino actually say?
Reporters’ tweets included the “dysfunctional homosexual” text, but Paladino’s campaign now insists he never said those words. They were simply in the prepared text of his speech, reportedly “negotiated” with the Jewish temple he spoke at. So here are the actual words that left his mouth: “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.”
SO MUCH BETTER, RIGHT?
Paladino’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, quickly put out this note: “Mr. Paladino’s statement displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality. These comments along with other views he has espoused make it clear that he is way out of the mainstream and is unfit to represent New York.”
Indeed. Paladino says he’d never permit same-sex marriage to become law under his watch, a point he repeated at another meeting Sunday. (Previously a supporter of civil unions for gays, Paladino on Sunday included even those as part of “the homosexual agenda.”)
Paladino’s remarks — prepared or written — are horrible no matter what context, but given the recent spate of suicides and violence in New York City, the same place he was delivering his remarks, it’s abhorrent. Of course Palaindo’s spokesman Michael Caputo has an answer for that: “Carl feels that the people accused of beating and hurting those gay men should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Carl’s positions on the issues don’t change with the news of the day.”
That’s actually true. Paladino still believes racist emails to his construction buddies are hilarious.