MANHATTAN — Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino told a group in Brooklyn Sunday that children should not be "brainwashed" into thinking it's okay to be gay.
"I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't," Paladino told a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Williamsburg.
Paladino also criticized his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade this year, saying "that's not the example we should be showing our children."
"My children and your children will be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family," he said.
The comments were captured and posted online by a reporter at WNYC .
A different version of the speech, obtained by reporters, included a line saying that said there is "nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual," the Daily News reported.