Here's exactly what he said:
“I unequivocally support all gay rights, all gay rights except the right to be married. I’m a Catholic and I believe in Catholic values.” Wow, burn him at the stake.
And this this one re: taking kids to a gay pride parade, like the proud Demo Cuomo was boasting of doing:
“Have you ever been to one? The men wear little Speedos and they grind on each other. Would you take your children there? I don’t think so.” Sounds like how many folks would describe such a spectacle, only Paladino described some of the behavior that might, just might (even in NYC) be inappropriate for children.
When Matt Lauer of the Today Show pressed him, Paladino asked him, "Would you take your child to a gay pride parade?" It was classic. Lauer hemmed and hawed and said, well, probably yes. Score one for Paladino.
I realize that the money issues in this election cycle are, well, money issues. Arguably, Paladino is a bit a a brash talker (read: New Yorker) who has gotten off-message. I understand the point.
But people in N.Y. and elsewhere are pissed. And it's more than just money.
That is, in addition to being broke, our culture is rotting. And a lot of people in New York, and the rest of the country, of course, agree with Paladino. The media squirms and kicks and screams because they are afraid that even in deep-blue NY that their views -- rather than Paladino's -- will be shown to be out of the mainstream.