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Carl Paladino: 'I Could Have Used Some Better Words'

Photo Courtesy - Paladino for the People(NEW YORK) -- Following a barrage of criticism over his remarks that being gay is not "equally valid or successful" as being straight, the Republican candidate for governor of New York said he could have stated it differently.

In an interview with ABC News Radio on Monday, Carl Paladino offered no apologies about his remarks, but conceded, “I could have used some better words.”  He also denied being insensitive, adding, "Was I in any way insensitive to the homosexual, the gay crowd?  In my mind absolutely not."

Paladino declined to clarify what better words he could have used but said, “My position on gays has never changed.  I have gays working for me and I have gays in my family.  I am unequivocally 100% for gay rights but there’s one exception and that’s gay marriage.  I’m a Catholic and I believe in my church’s holdings and I can’t accept gay marriage.”

When asked about his own moral failings that run contrary to Catholic doctrine he said, “We’re all human.  We all have human traits, human frailties, human weaknesses, that’s life.”

 Paladino asked his critics to look at the "whole man" before condemning him.

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