Boxer Many Pacquiao Apologises After Comparing Gay Couples To Animals
Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sparked a firestorm of criticism in the Philippines after describing gay couples as “worse than animals.”
Nearing the end of a glorious decades-long boxing career, the 37-year-old is reinventing himself as a conservative Bible-bearing politician ahead of the country’s May elections, when he is running for a senate seat.
Talking about Homosexuality, he told local broadcaster TV5 in an interview aired earlier this week "Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female,” so“If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
But following reactions from the country’s most popular gay comedian, Vice Ganda and Singer Aiza Seguerra, who recently married her actress-girlfriend on hisstatement, the boxer has now apologised via his Twitter account.
He said, “I’m sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people (homosexuals) to animals,” he said. “It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I’ve hurt.
“But this does not change my position against same sex marriage. That’s what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals.”
Gay marriage is outlawed in the Philippines due to strong opposition from the Catholic Church and 80 per cent of the country’s 100 million people subscribe to the faith.
Gay marriages are officiated at small churches but these unions are not recognised by the church or the state.