Pacquiao on same-sex union comment: 'I'm not condemning anyone'

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Rep. Manny Pacquiao (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Netizens were quick to react to senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao's recent comment on same-sex unions.

In an interview, Pacquiao talked about his stand on same-sex unions. He said it is common sense for animals to mate with the opposite sex. He continued saying that human beings who engage in same-sex unions are worse than animals.

This drew reactions from netizens, including singer Aiza Seguerra and TV personalities Vice Ganda and Bb Gandanghari, as well as other people from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.

To Manny Paquiao, all gays in the world did nothing but to love and support you. Ganyan ka ba mag pasalamat?

— Bb Gandanghari (@ImBbGandanghari) February 16, 2016

In his Instagram post on Tuesday (February 16), Pacquiao said he is not condemning anyone and he is "just telling the truth of what the Bible says."

"I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh," he said. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways."

The congressman even quoted a verse from the Bible: "1 Corinthians 6:9 '[9] Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.'"

On Tuesday night, Pacquiao asked for forgiveness to those who were offended by his remarks, but claimed that he is still against same sex marriage.

"I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt," Pacquiao said. "I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you."