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Manny Pacquiao nearly got burned by the hottest issue of the day — same-sex marriage — and barely able to exonerate himself by denying that he ever quoted a passage fromThe Bible (about “putting gays to death,” to that effect).
US Pres. Barack Obama kind of validated the issue when he publicly aired his support for same-sex marriage which is now sanctioned by law in some states in America (and somewhere else).
To get a cross-section opinion on the matter, Funfare Update conducted a mini-survey among local celebrities. Among the 50 that I texted the question, “What’s your take on same-sex marriage?,” some begged off from making any comment, afraid of getting into the same hot water that Pacquiao has gotten himself into, while others completely ignored it.
Here are the dozen who are brave enough to express their opinions:
• MIRIAM QUIAMBAO — I prefer a man and a woman to marry. Marriage was instituted by God and therefore created for His purpose.
• LEA SALONGA — I’m in favor of it. I have gay friends in monogamous and committed relationships that should enjoy the presumed benefits of a legal union, if they choose to wed. They should be protected in the same way straight couples are. That’s exercising equal rights and protection under the law.
• MARTIN NIEVERA — If I can be funny, I would say, “Same-sex marriage? That’s the problem. The secret to a good marriage is not having the same sex every night. Be creative!” Or, “Same-sex marriage? Why not? Everyone deserves to be miserable.”
• GLORIA DIAZ — As long as they are not hurting anyone, it is fine. Everyone has the right to love and be loved. And be legit.
• MARK BAUTISTA — Same-sex marriage? In a conservative and non-conservative places, having such indifferences or concerns, demand respect. Let’s respect each other’s opinions, but be guided by the instruction given to us: To love God with all your soul, mind and strength, and to love everyone as (you love) yourself. As I said, be guided by the Greatest Instruction.
• MARGIE MORAN-FLOIRENDO — There’s no need to create controversy when it comes to love. When two people love each other, they should be able to live together in peace.
• LUIS MANZANO — I said it on Bandila before: Not against it.
• VILMA SANTOS — Respect one’s opinion and the law. We’re in a democracy.
• MELANIE MARQUEZ — Great! I have nothing against it. I am very much in favor of love and happiness whether between the same sex or opposite sex. I will respect couples of the same sex who decide to get married, who want to seal their love for each other by legalizing it. In marriage, two people become one…and we are one with our partner. We must not be selfish in order to have a successful marriage.
• MARITESS GUTIERREZ — Hehehe! Basta happy… go!
• RAYMUND ISAAC — Everyone has the right to find happiness. If the symbol of marriage delivers us, why not? Remember that the only thing constant in life is change. If we open our minds to change to better understand each other then let’s welcome it. Last time I checked, a marriage is a union of hearts by two people willing to work for that love and not the approval of people who are not part of that love.
• ALBERT MARTINEZ — Hahahaha! No comment!