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Manny Pacquiao clarifies gay marriage comments, denies citing Leviticus 20:13 and hating homosexuals

By on May 16, 2012 in Boxing, Lifestyle, Sports, United States Comments

Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao cleared himself on earlier accusations that he hates homosexuals and also denied that he cited the Bible verse Leviticus 20:13 during the interview by Examiner’s Granville Ampong last week.

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As noted at 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.

“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.” 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.

“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“.

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