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Pacquiao slams Obama, same-sex marriage

Rappler.com
Manny Pacquiao disagrees with US President Obama's views on same-sex marriage.

MANILA, Philippines – American sports media is abuzz after world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao criticized US President Barack Obama’s stand on same-sex marriages.

FOX Sports and USA Today carried stories of Pacquiao’s opinions on same-sex marriage after the Filipino superstar told National Conservative Examiner that it is not right as stated on the Bible.

When asked about Obama’s views on legalizing same-sex marriage, Pacquiao — who is in Los Angeles training for his June bout against American fighter Timothy Bradley — disagreed with his stand.

“God’s words first… obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” Pacquiao said. “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other.”

The Examiner also reported that according to Pacquiao, America should be a ‘model of morality’ for other nations and ‘must uphold the Scripture to the highest order of God’s command,’ something that should start in the high offices of the US.

Pacquiao is the 4th most influential athlete in the world according to Forbes magazine.

The Saranggani congressman was notorious for his vices which included women and gambling, but reportedly turned his life around after he was served divorce papers by his wife Jinkee before his last fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao has since embraced the Bible and added religious study and preaching to his daily life.

Pacquiao is also an outspoken critic of the contentious Reproductive Health Bill that aims to guarantee access and information on birth control, saying it is against the teachings of the Bible. – Rappler.com

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