• Welterweight

Manny opposes gay marriage - but denies anti-gay slurs

ESPN staff
May 17, 2012
Manny Pacquiao's comments come shortly after US President Barack Obama revealed he supported gay marriage © PA Photos

Manny Pacquiao has revealed he is against same-sex marriage, but has denied being anti-gay in the light of the controversy that has erupted this week.

Pacquiao, a congressman in the Philippines, gave an interview to examiner.com, which quoted Leviticus 20:13: "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." It is not made clear in the article whether or not the comments are intended to represent a direct quote from Pacquiao.

Now the WBO welterweight champion has moved to clarify his position, days after US President Barack Obama showed his support for same-sex marriage.

"I'm not against gay people," Pacquiao said. "I'm not condemning them. ... I have a cousin [who is] gay. I have relatives [who are] gay. I have a lot of friends [who are] gay, so I'm not condemning gays. What I said is I'm not in favour of same-sex marriage. That's the one thing I said to the guy.

"I told [the reporter] I'm against same-sex marriage. He said, 'Why?' I said, 'It's the law of God.' That's all I said."

Pacquiao meets unbeaten American Timothy Bradley on June 9.

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