Current welterweight champion and politician Manny Pacquiao caught some heat for his comments in a recent interview with the Examiner questioning President Barack Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. Here’s a snippet of Pacquiao’s comments:
“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.
“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. 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.”
Whether or not you agree with Pacquiao’s stance or President Obama’s support of same sex marriage isn’t the focus here.
What IS the focus is that due to his comments, popular Los Angeles shopping area The Grove has banned Pacquiao from their premises, according to LA Weekly:
“Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”
Pacquiao was scheduled to film an interview with Extra and host Mario Lopez at the Grove Wednesday afternoon but that appearance was of course cancelled.