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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Manny Pacquiao: “I’m not against gay people”


Manny Pacquiao during a movie premier last week. (DANNY MOLOSHOK / Reuters)
Manny Pacquiao clarified his recent comments about same-sex marriage, issuing a statement in which he said he has nothing against gay people but opposes same-sex marriage.

“I’m not against gay people,” Pacquiao, the champion boxer and Filipino legislator said in a statement, written by trainer and writer Keith Terceira, on his website. “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.”

Pacquiao drew criticism for telling the National Conservative Examiner that “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other.”

Pacquiao denied citing Leviticus 20:13, which states: “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.”

Said Pacquiao: “I didn't say that. That’s a lie. I didn't know that quote from Leviticus because I haven't read the Book of Leviticus yet.”

The writer of the Examiner story blogged today that Pacquiao did not refer to the Bible verse.

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