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Monday, October 11, 2010
According to reports at CNN.com, the statehouse hopeful released copies of a prepared statement ahead of his speech, that included these remarks, which he left out "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That's not how (God) created us."
Paladino's remarks came just one day after news broke of the arrest of eight gang members in the case of an attack on three gay men who were abducted and tortured last weekend in the Bronx.
Paladino's Democratic challenger Attorney General Andrew Cuomo released a statement, saying, "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."
On National Coming Out Day, let me say that there is plenty to be proud of in being a fully functional gay man. What is shameful and inexcusable is making untrue, hateful, homophobic statements to a religious group in order to win their support, then back peddling afterward by saying, "Don't misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie -- my approach is live and let live."
Don't worry, Carl, we won't misquote you. We don't have to. We'll let your idiocy speak for itself.