NEW YORK — The Republican candidate for governor of New York State told Orthodox Jewish leaders on Sunday that there's "nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual."
Carl Paladino, who has received strong support from conservative-libertarian tea party activists, made the comments at a synagogue while trying to strike a contrast between himself and his Democratic rival, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Paladino said he chose not to march in this summer's gay pride parade but his opponent did.
"That's not how God created us," Paladino said of being gay, "and that's not the example that we should be showing our children."
He added that children who later in life choose to marry people of the opposite sex and raise families would be "much better off and much more successful."