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New controversy for Carl Paladino

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Carl Paladino

By Howard Riedel

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Buffalo, NY – More controversy from the Carl Paladino campaign. The Republican gubernatorial candidate spoke to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn Sunday.

Paladino said that while he has a "live-and-let-live" attitude toward homosexuals, he doesn't want his children brainwashed into thinking it's a valid choice. Here's a portion of his remarks: "I didn't march in the Gay Pride Parade this year. My opponent did, and that's not the example we should be showing our children. Certainly not in our schools", Paldino.

Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo says the statement "displays a stunning homophobia and a glaring disregard for basic equality."

The Paladino campaign released this statement Monday morning claiming Carl Paladino bases his remakrs on his strong Catholic beliefs.

"I unequivocally have no other reservations about homosexuality and I abhor discrimination in any form. I enjoy a close relationship with my nephew who is gay and I certainly consider him to be a functional child of God," said Paladino.

Paladino's campaign manager also released this statement:

"Carl's position on gay marriage is exactly equivalent to that of the Catholic Church. If Andrew Cuomo has a problem with the Catholic Church's position on gay marriage, he needs to take that up with his parish priest - if they are still talking after Andrew's public support of partial birth abortion, said Michael Caputo. <