Ronda Rousey disagrees with Manny Pacquiao’s stance on gay marriage

Ronda Rousey agrees with the Pope, not Manny Pacquiao, on whether gay marriage should be accepted.
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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.

Pacquiao called gay people “worse than animals” in a television interview, and later posted an Instagram with a Bible verse from Leviticus calling for gay people to be put to death

When Rousey learned of Pacquiao’s comments, she told TMZ in a video interview that she supported acceptance of all types of people.

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“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