Filipine senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao clarified his stance on gays, saying “I am not against gay people,” in an interview Wednesday with the Associated Press. Pacquiao said that he doesn’t support gay marriage because of his Roman Catholic beliefs. He also said he has gay friends and relatives, and supports their rights.
Pacquio’s comments came a day after he expressed his displeasure with President Obama’s support for gay marriage in an interview Tuesday with the Examiner.com. The reporter of that story included a passage from Leviticus condemning gays, leading readers to believe that Pacquiao made those comments.
“I told the reporter I’m against same sex marriage, Pacquiao said. He said, ‘Why?’ I said ‘Its the law of God.’ That’s all I said.”
My favorite verse in the Bible is ‘Love one another, and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” Pacquiao said. “It’s in the Bible: Do not judge. I’m not judging.”
A Hollywood shopping mall banned Pacquiao after the article was publicized on Tuesday and Change.org started a petition to get Nike, his sponsor, to drop him. Over 4, 856 signatures were collected online but since Pacquiao clarified his statement, the petition was stopped. However, 43 people have signed a petition calling for Examiner.com writer Granville Ampong to be banned from writing.