Manny Pacquiao Blasts President Obama Gay Marriage Endorsement
In a time in which athletes are choosing to remain quiet about United States president Barack Obama’s support for gay marriages, reigning pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao isn’t shying away from the topic.
Pac Man blasted Obama for his change in stance on the controversial issue, shortly after the president publicly claimed he’s now in approval of same-sex marriages in America. During a recent interview with the National Conservative Examiner, the Filipino congressman sounded off, referring to gay marriages an “abomination”:
“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other,” Pacquiao said. “It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old.”
It’s cleat that the backlash of becoming the first USA president to endorse same-sex marriages is something Obama is willing to endure. With so many people unsure as to how this will affect the upcoming 2012 presidential elections, one can be sure that his team of advisers took the time to analyze the numbers and obviously determined this move was a risk worth taking due to the increasing number of gays in the USA.
It’s clear that Obama’s sudden gay-marriage support is merely an effort to gain the gay vote in the upcoming 2012 presidential elections. And if it isn’t, then why come out with it now? (Please leave us a comment). But, as it turns out, not everyone is happy about the news and some are taking to the press to air out their reactions.
“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” Pacquiao added, as he prepares to face Timothy Bradley on June 9th in Las Vegas.
Quoting Leviticus 20:13, Pacquiao continued, “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the polls and in the rest of the sporting world. As we’ve seen in the past, a vast majority of athletes — especially African Americans — in the U.S. have been very open about their unconditional support for president Obama through the years. At the same time, there’s been a lot of controversy as to how they feel about having a gay/lesbian teammate.
Thus far, the response hasn’t been a positive one in terms of the athletes’ level of comfort in locker room with gay(s) teammates — just ask David Tyree, Tim Hardaway and others. It’s been sort of like the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” deal that was employed by the military about this very same topic.
So, the question I would like to pose is: Will athletes continue to show and express their support for Obama in spite of his sudden same-sex marriage endorsement? Don’t forget to get your free boxing picks from the best fight handicappers in the world. Also, remember to follow @Sportributor on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.