Rousey speaks against Pacquiao's comments: There was no ’Thou shall not be gay’
MANILA, Philippines - Ronda Rousey may be friends with Manny Pacquiao, but the UFC fighter-turned-actress isn’t a fan of his recent comments about homosexuality.
Pacquiao, an 8-division boxing champion who is running for a seat in the Philippine Senate, has come under fire for saying that couples in gay marriage were “worse than animals,” a statement that cost him his deal with Nike.
Pacquiao said he was just stating his opinion on gay marriage in accordance with his Biblical beliefs, but Rousey tells TMZ she isn’t buying it.
“I understand that a lot of people use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no ‘Thou Shall Not Be Gay,’” said Rousey.
"God never said that, and I really think that our pope now is boss. He was saying something the other day that religion should be all-encompassing and should be about loving everyone. And I think people take the wrong message sometimes."
A representative for the Catholic Church in the Philippines backed Pacquiao’s stance on gay marriage in an interview with radio station DZMM but said “if this is your lifestyle, if this is your orientation, then we respect that.”
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Rousey, a former women’s bantamweight champion in the UFC, had visited Pacquiao to wish him luck before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr last year after Pacquiao wished her luck on social media before her fight with Cat Zingano.
Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley Jr for a third time on April 9 in what he says will be his final fight. – Rappler.com