Gay Protesters Follow Paladino on Campaign Trail

October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

By John Borsa

October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- From his disgust by the attire displayed at Gay Pride parades to his comments that children should not be "brainwashed" into thinking homosexuality is acceptable, Carl Paladino is feeling a statewide backlash -- even from members of his own party.

On Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called Paladino's comments "highly offensive," according to the Web site Politico.Com.

Paladino was greeted by gay rights activists in New Paltz, where he toured a paper factory.

"I don't deserve this treatment," said Billiam Van Roestenberg. "I'm a gay American farmer. I'm defending my gay American doctors, citizens, teachers and workers of all types."

In downtown Buffalo, nearly 200 members of the LGBT Community and its supporters gathered for a protest outside Paladino's campaign headquarters.

They called for the Republican candidate for New York Governor to apologize and chanted "No more hate! Leave our state!"

"That kind of language and that kind of behavior is unacceptable," said Chris Voltz of the Pride Center of WNY.

Paladino's campaign issued a formal apology late Tuesday afternoon.

"I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members," a portion of the statement read.