BROOKLYN - Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino is coming under fire today after making anti-gay comments while campaigning in Brooklyn.

During a speech in Williamsburg yesterday, Paladino told a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders that he doesn't want children "to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality" is acceptable.

Paladino was confronted about his comments during the Columbus Day parade in Manhattan today and said he is "unequivocally pro gay rights, except for one thing - gay marriage."

Paladino's Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, said, "[The comments] were reckless in light of all the recent violence that we've had. They were divisive. They were the worst cynical politics trying to pit people against one another."

Paladino makes anti-gay remarks while campaigning in Brooklyn