“In New York, Carl Paladino, the tea party-backed Republican candidate for governor, caused a furor among Democrats when he said over the weekend that children shouldn’t be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is acceptable.” “In New York, Paladino spent Monday’s Columbus Day Parade, a staple for politicians seeking votes in New York City, fending off a stream of criticism from Democrats for his comments the night before to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders.” “That’s not how God created us,” Paladino said Sunday of homosexuality, “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.” “I unequivocally support gay rights, unequivocally,” Paladino said during the parade.” “He noted that he has a gay nephew who works for his campaign.” “The one thing that I don’t (support) is marriage.” “I’m a Catholic,” Paladino said. “I believe in the Catholic position on it and if Andrew doesn’t like it, he should go see a priest.” (Gormley, Michael, 10/11/2010, Associated Press, Dems seize on tea party candidates’ social stances, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org). It was also disclosed that Mr. Paladino did not write this speech himself but read prepared remarks by someone who may have been closely related to the group to whom he spoke to.
The hidden lesson and intension is plain. To read a prepared text from the group that you are scheduled to give a speech to could mean that the only reason he was there was to get their endorsement and pick up a check. One would think that a “self-made” man like Paladino would not allow himself to become a puppet of anyone but then there is that old saying which states that every man has his price. What happens to gay individuals when they consistently hear that their pursuit of happiness is not covered by the constitution is that they have no place to go and become fatally disenfranchised. This is the same place where wives beaten by their husbands are, the same place where children molested are, the very same place that blacks back in the day were. While there are millions in New York who feel the same way Paladino does, there should be millions more who stand with the wives and the children.