Eight-time boxing world champion, Manny Pacquiao, who is campaigning for a seat in the Philippines senate, has provoked a storm of controversy in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”. Same-sex marriage is illegal in the Philippines, a majority Catholic country, and Pacquiao is presenting himself as an ultra-conservative candidate.
“It’s common sense,” the eight times world champion, who later apologised, said. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
He later posted the following on his Instagram page with a picture of his and his wife;
I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways. 1 Corinthians 6:9 “ Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.” God Bless everyone i love you all.
He later apologized on facebook for comparing gay people to animals but insisted that he is against same sex marriage;
I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God bess you all and I’m praying for you.