Pride Center Protest at Paladino Headquarters

October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 5:38 PM EDT

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October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 5:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The backlash continues for Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino for remarks he made regarding homosexuals at a downstate event Sunday.

The Pride Center of Western New York held a peaceful rally at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday outside of Paladino's Ellicott Square Building headquarters.

Members of the gay community have called Paladino's statements degrading and the timing of his comments poor, with Monday being gay pride day.

Paladino's comments also come in the wake of about a dozen teen suicides across the country related to homosexuality and a recent attack against a gay man and two teens in New York City.

"This is really hateful and hurtful," said Jorien Brock of the Gay Pride Center of WNY. "We heard a lot of people reacting over Facebook and in the hallways because they can't believe that these comments are still being made and the lack of sensitivity to the realities of people's lives."

Paladino has defended his comments, saying he supports gay rights with the exception of gay marriage, which he attributes to his religious beliefs.