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

By SI Wire
February 24, 2016

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

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