This is horrific.
Manny Pacquiao‘s boxing career is nearly over after a long, successful run of fights, and now he’s getting his political career started by running for a Senate seat in the Philippines’ 2016 elections — and it’s not exactly starting off on the right foot.
Pacquiao, a devout Catholic, spoke to Filipino news agencies about same-sex marriage on Monday, and the comments he made are horrific and damaging, to say the least.
Check out some of what he said, translated from Filipino, below:
“Woman was made for man, man was made for woman. It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female.”
What?! Why do people have to compare homosexuality to animals?! WHY??
Pacquiao didn’t even stop there:
“If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animal.”
Look, if your religious beliefs prevent you from accepting same-sex marriage, that’s on you. That’s YOUR idea of propriety.
But there’s absolutely no call to demonize and denigrate gay people by comparing them to animals just because their love is something YOU’RE unable to accept.
The sad thing here is that Pacquiao is world famous and a national hero as a boxer, so we can only guess he’ll win his election to the Senate pretty easily — and then spread this awful attitude around within his country.
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