Manny Pacquiao: ‘I’m Not Against Gay People, I Have a Relative who is Also Gay’

Pacquiao explained his true feelings towards the gay community.

By Jorge Rivas May 16, 2012

Dozens of news organizations-[including Colorlines.com](http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/05/manny_pacquiao_could_lose_nike_money_after_citing_gays_should_be_put_to_death.html)-referenced a misleading story that alleged boxer Manny Pacquiao made anti-gay comments. In a recent National Conservative Examiner Pacquiao said he was against gay marriage but the writer of the story decided to expand on the boxer’s comments by citing and quoting Leviticus 20:13 which states "a man lies with a man" should be put to death. Pacquiao issued statements to a [publication based in the Philippines](http://www.mp8.ph/news/im-gay-people-relative-gay-pacquiao/16034) to inform everyone those comments were not his, in fact he’s never read Leviticus 20:13. "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," Pacquiao told Mph8.ph. "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 off are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God,"Pacquiao went on to say.