Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxer who lives and trains in Los Angeles, has said, in response to President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage, that gay men “must be put to death.”

The 33-year-old Pacquiao took issue with Obama citing his faith in making his endorsement. The president said that he and the First Lady “are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable,” Pacquiao told The Examiner. “They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

“God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other,” he added. “It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”

Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Los Angeles-based gay rights advocate Courage Campaign, criticized Pacquiao, who is also a politician in the Philippines.

“I do think that American sponsors are going to have to look very carefully about whether they can continue to pour money into this apparently empty soul. Not only does he live in L.A., he makes a lot of money thanks [to] the United States and sponsors here in particular.”

“I think that it is outrageous that an official of a foreign government is criticizing an ally, is taking a position about the president's support for Americans. That's a really big step for a foreign elected official to take. We should look carefully at that,” Jacobs told LA Weekly.