Monday, October 11, 2010

NY governor's candidate Paladino (R) caught in double talk; he sees heterosexual marriage as mandatory

New York Republican gubernatorial aspirant Carl P. Paladino has had to explain his doubtletalk on gays, and it seems that his animus is not limited just to the idea of gay marriage in New York State.

Paladino criticized his opponent Andrew M. Cuomo for marching in a gay pride parade and said in Brooklyn Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality is “normal.” He also said “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.” He we have it laid out, very candidly: if you want to be an equal person in society, you have to take the equal emotional risks of negotiating dating, courtship, and (heterosexual) marriage and having children. You have to be open to procreation – isn’t that the Vatican position, after all?  (It's what the 1955 movie "Marty" was about.) Politicians rarely say that so candidly any more. But it does go to the root of the "second class citizenship" problem.

But then, with Lester Holt on NBC, he tried to say he has nothing against adult homosexuals and would have no problem hiring them in his administration. But Holt quizzed him on the logical internal contradictions in his positions. If you say homosexuals are less than equal, Holt asked, then why not expropriate from them and provide for those who have and raise children, in a society with limited resources? Of course, government make “value judgments” on the “relative worth” of people when they expropriate all the time. Opposing that is what libertarianism is all about.  Holt is also getting to the heart of what anti-gay bullying in schools (or sometimes against adults as with that horrific case in the Bronx recently) is about.

Since then, we've heard that the remarks were ained at orthodox rabbis, and seemed to have been crafted by the rabbis-- his host. He talked about gay pride speedos that grind together in the speech.
The New York Times story, Oct. 10, is by Elizabeth Harris, link here.

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