Manny Pacquiao Apologizes For Saying Gay People Are “Worse Than Animals”
Manny Pacquiao apologized on Tuesday for saying that people in gay relationships are “worse than animals.” The boxing champion, however, still defended his stance against same-sex marriage, citing his religious beliefs.
When asked about gay marriage, Pacquiao recently told a local TV network in the Philippines, “It’s just common sense. Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?” The Filipino boxing champ added, “The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
Not surprisingly, Pacquiao’s controversial comments drew a lot of criticism, especially from members of the LGBT community. The boxer quickly recorded an apology and posted the video to his Instagram page. In the footage, Pacquiao speaks in his native language of Tagalog, but he added a caption in English to translate his remarks. The boxer wrote, “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 Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”