NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) - "I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't," are the words said by Carl Paladino, as he sparked a new controversy.
Republican Carl Paladino hit the network TV show circuit Monday morning, just a day after reading a prepared statement that has made headlines across the nation.
"I'm not a homophobic," Paladino said on ABC's Good Morning America.
Carl Paladino is once again at the center of a controversy, this time for remarks he made to a small group of Orthodox Jewish leaders. But as usual, cameras were rolling when he made some bold statements about homosexuality.
Paladino said, "I just think that 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 by thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option, it isn't."
Paladino was on all three network morning shows defending his weekend statements.
On the Today Show, Paladino said, "I have absolutely no problem with it whatsoever. My only reservation with it is marriage."
During his weekend remarks to rabbi's in Brooklyn, he skipped a line in his prepared speech, "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us."
But Paladino didn't say that. He made some last-minute changes to his speech.
On Good Morning America, Paladino said, "Somebody in the rabbinical group distributed it. What had originally been prepared, but it was crossed of because I refused to say it, because it's not true."
"I'm only responsible for what I say, and I've always stood behind everything I said," Paladino said on the Today Show.
Paladino blasted Andrew Cuomo for taking his daughters to a gay pride parade.
Paladino had said, "That's not the example that we should be showing our children."
"They wear these little speedos and they grind against each other," Paladino said on the Today Show, "It's just a terrible thing."
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