Manny Pacquiao on Gay Marriage: “I am not against homosexuality”
Manny Pacquiao has been on the lime light since last week for his alleged comments on gay marriage during the interview by Examiner’s Granville Ampong last week which brought havoc to the LGBT community.
As reported at ABS-CBNNews.com on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Manny Pacquiao was interviewed by the network’s sports correspondent Dyan Castillejo via phone and explained his side, following an online petition asking Nike to remove their sponsorship to him.
“Ampong asked me if I’m in favor of Obama’s promoting of gay marriage. I told him I am against same-sex marriage,” said Pacquiao.
“Sinabi ko lang ang opinion ko na against the law of God ang same-sex marriage. Hindi ako tutol sa gays… may kamaganak akong bakla. Wala tayong magagawa kung pinanganak silang bakla. Ang ayaw ko lang paglabag mo sa utos ng Panginoon,” Manny Pacquiao was quoted telling to Castillejo.
(I only voiced out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God. I’m not against homosexuals…I have a relative who is also gay. We cannot do anything if they were born that way. What I do not want is when you disobey the commandment of God.)
Likewise, the 33-year old eight-division boxing champion, who is now in the US and preparing for his fight against Timothy Bradley this coming June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, denied that he cited Bible verse Leviticus 20:13 that brought the rage of the LGBT community.
“I never quoted a Bible verse during the interview. If ever I quoted a verse, I am not familiar with Leviticus,” said Pacquiao.
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13 apparently reads, with Pacquiao noting to Castillejo that he has not yet read any Leviticus verse.
Meanwhile, Granville Ampong also denied later that the boxer cited the said Bible verse during his interview with Pacquiao, emphasizing that his report has been wrongly re-written by other writers particularly Tom Weir of USA Today and Dennis Romero of LA Weekly.
“I hereby demand both Weir and Romero to apologize to Pacquiao. They, being writers for USA Today and LA Weekly respectively, should have a better reading comprehension than I do, rhetorically.” Ampong wrote on his May 16 post titled “Biased writers grossly twisted Pacquiao‘s view on same-sex marriage“.
The online petition has been suspended by the group after Ampong made it clear that he and not Pacquiao who quoted the Bible passage that were perceived as anti-homosexual.