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Paladino, in reversal, sorry for comments

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino apparently has some regrets about anti-gay statements he made over the past two days, as he made public an Internet apology yesterday afternoon.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino apparently has some regrets about anti-gay statements he made over the past two days, as he made public an Internet apology yesterday afternoon.

“Although I am not perfect I do admit my mistakes,” said Paladino in a statement. “I ask you for forgiveness on my poorly chosen words.”

On Sunday, Paladino told a group of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, “I don’t want kids brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.”

Paladino didn’t back down from those statements Monday, and continued that children shouldn’t be taken to gay pride parades because they are “disgusting.” His comments had even fellow GOP candidates outraged, leaving Ann Coulter as one of his few defenders.

But yesterday, Paladino promised to “reach out to leaders of the gay community to educate me.” He does not support gay marriage, but said he would support a referendum by voters on the subject, a stark reversal from Sunday, when he said he would “veto any gay marriage and civil union bill that comes to my desk.”

 
 
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