Manny Pacquiao took on a touchy issue when he criticized President Obama's decision to support gay marriage in an interview with National Conservative Examiner. Things got even touchier when the writer of the article decided to throw in a biblical quote that states gay men "must be put to death."
Now the Grove, owned by shopping mall magnate Rick Caruso, has banned the popular boxer, who was scheduled to conduct an interview for the TV show "Extra" at the outdoor shopping center on Wednesday.
After first announcing the ban on its Twitter feed Monday night, the Grove released the following statement: "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."
The Examiner article quotes Pacquiao as saying: "God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married. It should not be of the same sex, so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah."