BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Controversial comments are landing Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in hot water once again.
Carl Paladino told Orthodox Jewish leaders on Sunday he doesn't want children "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality" is acceptable.
Paladino bashed Democrat Andrew Cuomo for marching in a gay pride parade this year, saying that it set a bad example.
Carl Paladino said, "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 to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't."
The Republican candidate says he doesn't mean harm towards gay people.
Paladino said, "Don't misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie."
Paladino skipped a line from his prepared remarks that read, "there is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual."
In a statement following his speech, Paladino rejected that line and said his hosts at the synagogue suggested it.
Carl Paladino's campaign says he's just expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Catholic.
Andews Cuomo's campaign says this is just another reason that Carl Paladino is unfit to be governor.
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