Rabbi Yehuda Levin, the cleric who introduced Carl Paladino to his ultra-Orthodox community, withdrew his support for the New York Republican gubernatorial candidate after he apologized for his anti-gay remarks, the New York Post reported.

Levin told the paper that Paladino was pressured by his family to apologize for saying in a speech on Sunday to Orthodox Jewish leaders that his opposition to gay marriage stems from not wanting children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable.

Paladino initially defended his remarks and chided his rival Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic state attorney general, for taking his children to a gay pride parade, which Paladino described as “extreme type people in bikini type outfits grinding at each other and doing these gyrations.”

But on Tuesday, the Tea Party favorite backed down, saying he was sorry “for any comment that may have offended the gay and lesbian community.”

Paladino's nephew, Jeff Hannon, whom the candidate has repeatedly pointed to as proof that he's not homophobic, told the Post that he was “offended” by his uncle's anti-gay rant.

“He [Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo] said he had to do it because of his nephew,” Levin said.

“Mazel tov. We'll have a coming out party. But when he came to me three days ago, he didn't know that? I find this to be condescending,” he added, then told the paper that he was withdrawing his support for the candidate.