The prepared text of the speech in question, delivered in Williamsburg, also contained the line: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us." But Paladino didn't deliver the line, and has since claimed he took it out because he wasn't comfortable with it.
Paladino apologized yesterday for the remarks, though also reaffirmed his opposition to gay marriage:
Yesterday I was handed a script. I redacted some contents that were unacceptable. I did also say some things for which I should have chosen better words. I said other things that the press misinterpreted and misstated. I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong.
Full statement here.
Paladino spokesman Michael Caputo told the AP in response that the rabbi and Paladino "agree on many things and disagree on some, too. He's entitled to his opinion."
The TPM Poll Average shows Democrat Andrew Cuomo leading Paladino 53.9%-38.1%.