Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Paladino goes there with the gays

It was only a matter of time before Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino went there with the gays.

The controversy over comments he made to a group of Hasidic rabbis in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday, Oct. 10, continues to rage—everyone from New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to GOProud co-founder Chris Barron have soundly condemned them. The Tea Party-backed provocateur obviously seeks out any opportunity to drop verbal bombshells to further the ridiculous spectacle his campaign has become. It is important, however, to provide some context to this truly unfortunate story.

AndrĂ©s and I were among those fortunate enough to attend Andrew Hertzberg and Andy Rollman’s wedding in the lobby of the old Hecht’s Department Store in downtown Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Andrew’s 89-year-old father proudly gave his son away to his husband inside the former Hecht’s Department Store. And this simple act of love, which ironically took place hours before Paladino spoke to the Williamsburg rabbis, brought nearly everyone to tears.

Andrew’s father could obviously teach Paladino a thing or two.

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