UPDATE 5/16/2012 1:16pm EST: Conservative Examiner writer Granville Ampong has published a new story on his column stating “Pacquiao never said nor recited, nor invoked and nor did he ever refer to such context.” Ampong says he included the reference to simply remind readers of his column “how God made it clear in the Old Testament time that such practice of same-sex marriage is detestable and strictly forbidden.”
In a recent interview with the National Conservative Examiner the beloved boxer cited Leviticus 20:13 when asked what he thought of President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage (Pacquiao referenced Bible verse, the writer of the story expanded with the scripture):
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.
Pacquiao went on to say:
God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.
Up until recently Pacquiao was seen as a charming man who lived his life with integrity and was respectful in and out of the boxing ring. That admirable lifestyle got him endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, Hewlett Packard and Hennessy Cognac.
Now, after his recent anti-gay comments, gay-rights advocates are questioning why anybody would want to endorse him.