Manny Pacquiao released a statement today to clarify his statements on gay marriage, according to the Washington Post.
“I’m not against gay people,” Pacquiao said. “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.”
Pacquiao had drawn attention after he said in a recent interview that he disagreed with Barack Obama’s recent stance on gay marriage. The legendary boxer, and Philippine congressman, had told the National Conservative Examiner that “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. I tshould not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.” In the ring, Pacquiao is 54-3-2 overall in his career.