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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gay rights group Ladlad to still support Pacquiao

ABS-CBNnews.com

 MANILA, Philippines -- The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group Ladlad is still supporting Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in his upcoming fight next month despite the boxer's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Host Boy Abunda, a member of the gay rights organization, agreed with Pacquiao's appeal for people to just respect each other's opinions.

"Same-sex marriage, ang aming stand diyan sa LGBT, ang sinasabi namin sa Ladlad ay mahabang usapin yan. Ang sa amin ay tama si Manny, mag-respetuhan. I mean, we need to respect each other's opinion. We wish him the best lalo na ngayon at siya ay may laban," Abunda said on "Bandila" on Wednesday night.

He added: "We have nothing for him but love. Igalang natin 'yan in the same way na kami ay nakikiusap din na sana ay igalang ang aming opinyon."

Paquiao, who is currently training in the United States, will be facing American boxer Timothy Bradley on June 9.

Pacquiao clarified his statement to ABS-CBN News, saying he is not against homosexuals, even admitting that he also has gay relatives.

What he opposes are acts which, he said, violate the Holy Scripture.

“Hindi ako tutol sa gays… may kamag-anak akong bakla. Wala tayong magagawa kung pinanganak silang bakla. Ang ayaw ko lang [ang] paglabag mo sa utos ng Panginoon,” said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao also denied reports saying that he quoted a verse from the Book of Leviticus, which talked of putting homosexuals to death.

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