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New York Republicans denounce Palidino’s anti-gay remarks

Timothy Kincaid

October 12th, 2010

Earlier this week, Republican nominee for New York Governor, Carl Paladino, called gays “perverts” and said they “seek to target our children and destroy their lives.” While that sort of language may seem normal for Republicans in Oklahoma, New Yorkers are a different breed. (Boston Herald)

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Monday called on Paladino to apologize for his “highly offensive remarks.” Paladino’s opponent in the GOP primary, Rick Lazio, said the speech was “counterproductive and an embarrassment.”

Dan Donovan, the GOP candidate for attorney general, and Harry Wilson, the Republican running for comptroller, both issued statements denouncing Paladino’s comments.

Meanwhile Paladino thinks that he deserves an apology from the media for including a line that was in the draft but which he didn’t say. And he attempted to hide behind a gay nephew (which seems to be the latest trend in “some of my best friends are…”) (CBS)

“I want to clearly define myself. I have of no reservations about gay people at all, none, except for one thing, their desire to get married. … I feel that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Very clearly, I wanted to state that.

“Now, in addition, I have a nephew and … I have people working for me who are gay. Never had a problem with any of them, never had a problem in any sense with their lifestyle and we’ve talked about it often. … I talk to them about the discrimination that they suffer and I’m sensitive to it.

He went on to say that homosexuality was “not an easy life.”

“It’s a very, very difficult life. Most of them don’t choose it. … The discrimination that they suffer is very, very difficult and I’m totally sensitive to it.

No, Mr. Paladino, it’s not a “difficult life.” Or, at least, it wouldn’t be without the interference of individuals such as yourself.

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Chuck Mielke
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

I simply love the self-serving plea of innocence: “I have a nephew who… I have people work for me who… I’m very sensitive to their suffering… [But I don’t want to put an end to the injustice they endure; that might lose me votes.]”

Is there a better definition of a political hypocrite?

Lindoro Almaviva
October 12th, 2010 | LINK


“Now, in addition, I have a nephew and … I have people working for me who are gay. Never had a problem with any of them, never had a problem in any sense with their lifestyle and we’ve talked about it often.

Wonderful, so when can we talk to all of them so we can have their reactions? Surely if you are going to offer up these statements then we should be able to see the evidence.

Everett
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

You know the sad thing about this is that Paladino’s voiced sentiments that many heterosexuals (of either party) buy into to. After all, all he really conveyed was the message that homosexuality is a (destructive) choice and, for that reason alone, society should not discuss homosexuality in any positive or neutral way because kids will think it is okay “to be that way” and forgo the “natural” heterosexual life of marriage, child-rearing, and picket fences.

Let’s not act like these are such absurd thoughts to even heterosexuals. The fact of the matter is, Paladino expressed such views in a poor way rather than using the Republican party’s traditional way of being anti-gay rights by saying “I think traditional marriage is best for society and kids should be raised in a home with a Mom and Dad.”

Ryan
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

I’d love for this nephew to write an open letter to Uncle. Carl, telling him to get bent. And if there actually are gay people working for this man, then they deserve him.

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