This isn’t politics… It’s personal: Carl Paladino, You’re Not Helping.

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And here I thought that politics on the west coast was dysfunctional. Carl Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial candidate for New York is on record as saying this:

“My feelings on homosexuality are unequivocal; I have absolutely no problem with it whatsoever. My only reservation is marriage,”.

Sounds great…. except he also is on records expressing these thoughts:

Quote 1.

“I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”

Sounds like he has a reservation about gay pride parades. OK. pride parades are pretty racy; I’m not a fan of them either. They serve to reinforce the typical gay stereotype. If only he would have stopped there.

Quote 2.

“That’s not how God created us, and that’s not the example that we should be showing our children.”….

Sounds like he has reservations about gays because being gay is not natural and is not what God wanted; they’re dysfunctional.

Quote 3.

“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 brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”

Being gay is not in societies best interest. Gays, you shouldn’t be happy. You’re not normal. You are not equal or valid to society….

Dude! How on Earth does that jive with “My feelings on homosexuality are unequivocal; I have absolutely no problem with it whatsoever. My only reservation is marriage…”. You’ve obviously got a problem with it. Like many social conservative types, you almost seem obsessed by it.

In light of the recent news coverage of gay teen suicides, you would think that the candidate would be more careful with his words.

He was?

Yep. He apparently scratched this line out of his speech:

“There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.”

Good for you. That is a really nasty line. Like the recent Jerry Brown “whore” dust-up, I don’t think it’s quite fair to make an issue of things that were uttered in confidence, behind closed doors. Political campaigns are nasty affairs, and I’m sure that the Whitman campaign has referred to Brown in some, lets just say, unflattering terms. If “whore is the worst thing anyone in the Brown camp has said about Whitman, she’s getting off lucky. This quote, crossed out by Paladino himself, Yet, when you put quotes 1, 2, and 3 together, they say the exact same thing – There is nothing to be proud of in being a homosexual, which is dysfunctional according to your world view.

Paladino says

“Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie.”

Sir, we don’t have to misquote you for that. You’re so locked in to your own proper “normal” way of life, so isolated by your beliefs, that you don’t even see how your comments might affect a gay teen struggling to survive in this world. Trust me, as someone who had to deal with the negativity associated with being gay when I was growing up, someone who basically shut down his emotions to buffer against the hostility thrown at the concept of being gay, your words do hurt, sometimes greatly. They do have an impact and add to the damage of our battered self image.

Simply stated… You’re not helping!

NOTE: Yet another social conservative Tea Party candidate. Someone again please try to convince me that the Tea Party is only concerned about fiscal issues.

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