Boxer Manny Pacquiao Banned From L.A.’s Grove Shopping Center Over His Anti-Gay Comments

LA's Grove Bans Anti-Gay Boxer Manny P

Anti-gay boxer Manny Pacquiao decided to take a break from training in Los Angeles for his upcoming bout against Timothy Bradley by catching a movie at the Grove retail and entertainment complex with members of his *snort* entourage.   The Grove’s owner who was later notified that Pacquiao was in the shopping center has BANNED Pacquiao from ever coming back on the property again  because of his comments comparing gay people to animals and quoting a biblical verse on Instagram that declares homosexual acts to be punishable by death 

“Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome,” Grove owner Rick Caruso declared.  “These are statements of hatred.  A lot of people from the gay community come to the Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable.”

Now there will be howls from people who say that isn’t this the same thing as refusing to serve a gay couple and sell them a wedding cake or service.  No it is not. The Groves owner is not banning him because he claims it’s his religious beliefs. They’re banning him individually because he is justifying violence against a class of people. They’re not banning a class of people, they’re banning HIM. They are well within their right to protect and shield their from customers from harassment and possible danger.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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