Mannie Pacquiao has been banned from one of the most popular shopping centers in Los Angeles, The Grove. The world renowned boxer recently made a few anti-gay comments that didn’t sit well with The Grove officials.
“Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”
This official statement was released after a sit-down Pacquiao had with the National Conservative Examiner. The quotes that were shared with the public following this interview did not make Pacquiao seem very LGBT friendly.
“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” Pacquiao told the Examiner. “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married. It should not be of the same sex, so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
According to The Examiner, Pacquiao also quoted a scripture from the book of Leviticus found in The Bible’s old testament that says,
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Since receiving a large amount of backlash, Pacquiao has denied most of The Examiner’s story.
I didn’t say that, that’s a lie. I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet. I’m not against gay people.
I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.
This sounds like one fight Pacquiao isn’t trying to face. It also looks like he won’t be enjoying a nice walk through the Grove any time soon. However, Pacquiao’s spokesman has confirmed that the boxer will still be interviewed by Extra’s Mario Lopez. Extra is normally taped at The Grove, but the interview will now take place at another location.
Is Pacquiao not entitled to his own opinion like every other American? Should he be attacked simply because he has his own beliefs of what marriage should be?