Pacquiao stands by remarks on same-sex marriage

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2016 02:37 PM | Updated as of Feb 16 2016 09:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao went on social media on Tuesday to defend himself from critics who were offended by his statements regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

In an interview with TV5, Pacquiao said couples in same-sex marriages were worse than animals.

"Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa 'yung hayop. Marunong kumikilala, kung lalaki o lalaki, babae babae. Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao," the boxer said.

Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat while also preparing for a fight against Timothy Bradley, drew flak for his comments, with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton describing his words as "horrific and damaging," while singer Aiza Seguerra called him an "ignorant, bigoted hypocrite."

 

I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling...

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On Facebook, Pacquiao defended himself, saying, unedited: "I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I'm not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says."

"The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways," added Pacquiao.

The boxer then quoted 1 Corinthians 6:9, which states: "Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men."

This is not the first time Pacquiao has been criticized for his views on homosexuality. In 2012, he was banned from a Los Angeles mall after getting erroneously quoted about his opinion on gay marriage.

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