"Yesterday, Carl Paladino issued an apology for sweeping comments he made about gay and lesbian people over the weekend. In his apology, Mr. Paladino not only admits that he made mistakes in what he said, but he also makes a firm commitment to be a Governor for all New Yorkers, to oppose discrimination against gays and lesbians, and to reach out to leaders in the gay community. People are entitled to make mistakes and are entitled to second chances. GOProud takes Mr. Paladino at his word and accepts his apology."
-- GOProud Chairman of the Board, Chris Barron, in a statement put out after the group condemned Paladino's extremely homophobic remarks from last weekend that were so shocking they were reported all over the mainstream media - including FOX News who also roundly disapproved of the New York Governor's hateful speech.