Pacquiao under fire over "Leviticus" quotation, but denies stating it

Pacquiao under fire over "Leviticus" quotation, but denies stating it

Manila : Philippines | May 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM PDT
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MANILA-Boxing champion and Saranggani representative Manny pacquiao is reportedly criticizing President Barack Obama's stance on gay marriages, pointing his christian faith as its main cause of his opposition.

In an interview, Pacquiao stated that Obama's endorsement of gay marriages as an attack to the faith and public morals, however he was criticized from an Examiner article citing a reference to Leviticus 20:13, which says gays "must be put to death."

That said article from the examiner triggered criticism especially from the LGBT sector, furthermore, he is even barred from shopping in a mall in Los Angeles due to the alleged statement, while critics from Facebook even stated bible verses condemning him for having tattoos in response to the Leviticus quotation, it also figures that he may possibly lose number of endorsements and fans also due to the controversy.

However, according to Pacquiao himself, he denied condemning homosexuality contrary to the alleged Examiner article; he even released a statement that he, despite being an avid Bible reader haven't read the book of Leviticus and even told that he had a relative who is also gay.

He also blames the media for twisting his stance regarding his opposition to gay marriage.

QuillRose is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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