Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has spoken out against President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage. "God's words first ... obey God's law first before considering the laws of man" Pacquiao told the Examiner's Granville Ampong. He went on to add that gay marriage is contrary to the Bible, which he described as the "manual for life."
There is a possible political impact of Pacquiao's stance. He is currently considered the #4 most influential athlete by Forbes and he is considered especially influential with Filipino voters. Last February, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)--a former boxer himself--arranged for Pacquiao and his wife to meet the President in private at the White House. It's thought that Pacquiao's help could keep Nevada in Obama's column in November.
Now Pacquiao, who says he still respects the President, has come out against his flip-flop on a social issue just months before the 2012 election.