Folau says he does not support gay marriage

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

NSW Waratahs and Australia rugby star Israel Folau has tweeted that he does not condone same-sex marriage, a day after the Wallabies pledged support for the Yes vote in the postal survey.

But obviously not all players are on board with the support, with Wallabies player Israel Folau taking to Twitter today to (for some reason) make sure everyone knows that he wants to be distanced from the campaign.

"I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions", the Australian fullback tweeted this afternoon.

Days after the first openly gay rugby player, Ian Roberts successfully convinced the National Rugby League to support the "yes" initiative for marriage equality, devout Christian footballer chose to take to Twitter and spew out his anti-gay thoughts.

The 28-year-old is a devout Christian who was raised as a Mormon, converting to the "Assemblies of God" fellowship with his family in 2011.

His views are in stark contrast to Wallabies teammate David Pocock, who has taken the year off rugby but will be back in the Test ranks alongside Folau next year.

The alarming volume of hate-speech during Australia's ballot over whether to legalize same-sex marriage spurred parliament to pass emergency legislation on Wednesday to outlaw opponents spewing their vitriol while the vote was in progress.

"Folau's tweet didn't only draw criticism, however, with many in support of his right to state his opinion among the 132 replies, 45 retweets and 172 likes within the first hour of it being posted on Twitter".

Pocock and partner Emma are well-known for their stance on marriage, not officially tying the knot until same-sex marriage is legalised.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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