BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Outrage is building over Carl Paladino's remarks regarding homosexuality.
Paladino is not apologizing for his comments, but is clarifying them Monday.
Buffalo's gay community is among those who were offended by his statements.
Jorien Brock of the Pride Center of WNY said,"I couldn't believe the statements he was making."
Strong reaction from the Senior Director of the Pride Center of Western New York, to Carl Paladino's Sunday remarks to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders when it comes to gay marriage.
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 and or successful option. It isn't."
"These kinds of comments and views are not tolerated and we are working to organize a response to Mr. Paladino to say this is not acceptable," added Brock.
Paladino went into the damage control mode on network morning shows.
"I have a nephew and I have people working with me and I never had a problem with any of them. Never had a problem in any way with their lifestyle," said Paladino.
Paladino's comments Sunday came just hours after eight men were arraigned in an attack on a gay man and two teenage boys in the Bronx.
Paladino told the Orthodox Jewish group he did not want to want to "hurt homosexual people in any way." But he did criticize his opponent Andrew Cuomo for marching in a gay pride parade this year.
Paladino said, "And that's not the example we should be showing our children, and certainly not in our schools.
The New York Post headline read "Carl Gay Rant."
A Cuomo's campaign spokesman called Paladino a "homophobe."
At the Columbus Day Parade in New York. Andrew Cuomo responded to Paladino's remarks.
Cuomo said. "I thought it was wreckless. I thought it was cynical. I thought it was divisive."
"I unequivocally support all gay rights, all gay rights, except the right to right to be married. I'm a Catholic and believe in Catholic values," added Paladino.
Monday night News 4 has learned a protest has been planned by Buffalo's gay and lesbian community.
They will respond to Paladino late Tuesday afternoon in front of his headquarters at the Ellicott Square Building.
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