The Anti-Defamation League slammed Carl Paladino, who is running for governor of New York, for his anti-gay remarks, in a statement released Wednesday.
ADL New York Regional Director Ron Meier said: "We are appalled by Carl Paladino’s comments denigrating homosexuality and suggesting that a homosexual lifestyle is not 'valid.' His statements are an affront to all New Yorkers, and are particularly disturbing in light of several recent hate crimes targeting the LGBT community in the New York Metropolitan Area."
"We have repeatedly urged all candidates to refrain from appeals to prejudice and bigotry," Meier said. "Such appeals are offensive, counterproductive and contrary to our nation’s democratic values."
Earlier this week, Paladino said that children should not be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option.”