Current welterweight champion and politician Manny Pacquiao caught some heat for his comments in a recent interview with the Examiner questioning President Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. Here’s a snippet of Pacquiao’s comments:
“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.”
“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
Whether or not you agree with Pacquiao’s stance or President Obama’s support of same sex marriage isn’t the focus here.
“Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”
Pacquiao was scheduled to film an interview with Extra and host Mario Lopez at the Grove Wednesday afternoon but that appearance was of course cancelled.
Congressman Pacquiao has a right to his opinion, just as any person does. But given his status, the public popularity battle he is (if even indirectly) involved in with Floyd Mayweather, and the fact that he has a PPV fight approaching, his comments on the topic of same sex marriage wont win Pacquiao any new fans. It may actually cost him a few.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Pacquiao attempted to clarify his controversial comments, stating that he is not against homosexuality, just same-sex marriage. “I’m not against gay people,” Pacquiao said. “I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”
Maybe Pacquiao should take a page out of classic campaigning and just smile, wave and avoid saying anything controversial until those PPV buys are secured.