Carl Paladino, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate, made homophobic comments on Sunday before Orthodox Jewish leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Beyond social and religious conservatives, it's difficult to see how Paladino, known for divisive comments and actions, will broaden his appeal with bigoted statements that demean gay citizens. Watch:
Paladino: We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. I didn't march in the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that's not the example that we should be showing our children, and certainly not in our schools. And 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. 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 or successful option—it isn’t.