Ronda Rousey voiced her support of Pope Francis’s stance on homosexuality in response to fellow fighter Manny Pacquiao’s condemnation of people in same-sex relationships last week.
When Rousey learned of Pacquiao’s comments, she told TMZ in a video interview that she supported acceptance of all types of people.
“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,’ ” Rousey said. “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 sometimes people take the wrong message.”
Pope Francis said in July, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Pacquiao later apologized for his statement, but said he still opposes gay marriage as part of his campaign to be elected to the Phillipines Senate.
- Erin Flynn