Come Back to Roxy’s, Carl
by Geoff Kelly - posted 9:12 am, October 14, 2010
Carl Paladino wants the media to apologize for misreporting his remarks about homosexuality at an Orthodox synagogue this weekend. Some journalists included in their reports a line that Paladino did not actually deliver:
There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us.
According to the Paladino camp, that line was on a printout of suggested remarks that Paladino’s Orthodox hosts provided him; they also handed out copies of that printout to journalists and other attendees. But Paladino struck the line from his remarks.
Instead, he said this:
I oppose the homosexual agenda, whether they call it marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnership. Marriage is between a man and a woman, period. If the legislature passes the bill, I promise to veto it.
Paladino went on to criticize Democrat Andrew Cuomo for marching in a Gay Pride parade with his family.
The media outlets that reported Paladino said something that he did not should issue corrections and apologies. But it seems unlikely that the LGBT community will take solace in the distinction between what he said and what he did not say. Nor will they be much impressed that Paladino has a gay nephew and gay employees, and that he “never had a problem” with any of them.
Those of us who frequent Allentown’s taverns and nightclubs know that Paladino’s is a big tent, at least when it comes to nightlife. Carl is one of several local power brokers who once regularly frequented Roxy’s, a lesbian bar on Main Street famous for its competitive pool table and its Thursday night striptease. (Other straight male luminaries known to drop in on Thursday nights: former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and former Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson.) Comedian Kristen Becker used to perform at Roxy’s on Thursday evenings, and she recently recalled an encounter with Paladino: