Aussie Rugby Star Sparks Backlash for Opposition to Gay Marriage

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Australian rugby star Israel Folau sparked a fierce backlash after he entered the country’s debate on same-sex marriage and said he would not support a proposal to make it legal.

Folau, a devout Christian, went public with his view late on Wednesday afternoon when he tweeted his position ahead of the country’s approaching postal ballot on the matter:

There was no shortage of responses to his personal viewpoint. Here is a sample of those that can be published:

As Breitbart News reported, the same-sex marriage debate in Australia is proving to be fiercely divisive. Last weekend, thousands of Australians rallied in support of gay unions as polls showed the “yes” campaign’s lead is shrinking despite backing from the nation’s top political leaders.

The postal ballot was called after the conservative government of Malcolm Turnbull preferred option of a national referendum was twice rejected by the upper house.

Opponents argue that changing existing Australian marriage laws would infringe on religious freedom and children’s rights.

As for Folau, he can point to plenty of support in the wider community. His tweet currently has 6,700 likes and has drawn more than 3,000 comments overall.

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