Israel Folau breaks ranks with Wallabies to oppose same-sex marriage

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September 13, 2017 22:22:53

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.

The 28-year-old fullback is a devout Christian, who grew up as a Mormon before leaving to join a smaller church in 2011.

In his tweet on Wednesday afternoon he said he loves and respects everyone for their opinions but that he would not support same-sex marriage.

He followed with peace sign, heart and prayer emojis.

Folau’s declaration of his stance came a day after the Wallabies, for whom he has played 58 Tests, publicly backed the Yes camp by revealing a rainbow wallaby logo.

Other Wallabies have reiterated their support for same-sex marriage on social media, including LGBTI advocate David Pocock, who has announced in the past he and his long-term partner Emma Palandri will not wed until gay marriage is legalised in Australia.

In 2014, Folau said he wanted more professional athletes to speak out about Jesus Christ.

“I want to advertise who Jesus Christ is, which is the thing that means most to me,” he told News Ltd.

“I just want to encourage all the athletes who are Christians or believe in God, to not be ashamed, really share what they believe.

“Because in the sporting world in Australia, it’s really rare for athletes to come out and speak about Christ.”

Cricket Australia, the NRL and the FFA have all joined the Wallabies in backing same-sex marriage.

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September 13, 2017 19:34:26



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