Folau subject to abuse after “matter of conscience” stance on gay marriage

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Wallabies full back Israel Folau has been subject to a barrage of abuse after stating that he does not support gay marriage.

Folau, who was born in New South Wales but is of Tongan descent, posted a Tweet saying: “ I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.”

The London Telegraph reported that gay marriage was ”a matter of conscience” for Folau.

Folau, 28, comes from a Pentacostalist Christian background, but was raised a Mormon.

The Australian Rugby Union joined the football, cricket, and rugby league federations are publicly in favour of gay marriage.

The Wallabies have come out in support of gay marriage on the eve on a controversial national mail referendum on the subject.

He has been subject to vitriolic online attacks since expressing his views.

The Wallabies’ chief sponsor, Qantas, has backed gay marriage, with chief executive Alan Joyce lending his support to the ‘yes’ case.

Ballots are being sent out to Australian households from this week, with voters having until November 7 to fill out and return their postal vote slips.

The proposal to make gay marriage legal in Australia, as it is in New Zealand, has stirred up often violent debate and the process has been dragged out by politicians eager to score points with the electorate.

Folau made his test debut for Australia in 2013, scoring two tries in his first game.

It was reported earlier this year that the Warriors were pursuing Folau as a player for the 2018 season.

The main points

  • Wallabies full back Israel Folau has been subject to a barrage of abuse after stating that he does not support gay marriage.
  • Folau, who is of Tongan descent, posted a Tweet saying: “ I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.”
  • The London Telegraph reported that gay marriage was ”a matter of conscience” for Folau.
  • Folau, 28, comes from a Pentacostalist Christian background, but was raised a Mormon.

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  1. ʻOku fai hono ʻohofi ʻo Isileli Folau he ngaluopé hili ʻene fakahā ʻoku ʻikai tui ia ki he mali ʻa e tataú.

    Ko e fakahā ʻeni ʻe he tangata ʻakapulú ni hili ia hano fakahā ʻe he ʻiunioni ʻakapulu ʻa ʻAositelēliá , kautaha futipoló, kautaha kilikití mo e kautaha līkí ʻa ʻenau poupou ki he mali keí.

    ʻOku lolotonga fai foki ʻa e fili fakahā loto ʻa e kakai ʻo ʻAositelēliá pe ʻoku nau loto ki he mali tataú pea kuo poupouʻi ia ʻe he Wallabies.

    Naʻe tupu hake ʻa Folau ʻi Niu Sau Ele ka ko e Tonga peá naʻá ne tuku atu haʻane fakamatala he tuitá ʻo pehē ʻokú ne fakaʻapaʻapa pe ia ki he kakai kotoa mo e anga ʻenau fakakaukaú ka kiate ia ʻoku ʻikai ke ne poupouʻi e mali ʻa e tataú.

    Ko e taʻu 28 ʻeni ʻo Folau pea naʻe tupu hake he Penitekosí ʻo hoko atu ʻene moʻui fakalotú ʻi he Māmongá.

    Kuo lahi e ngaahi lau kovi mai kiate ia ʻi he ngaluopé hili ʻene fakamatalá.

    Kuo hū mai foki mo e kautaha Qantas ʻa ia ʻoku nau siponisā lahi taha ʻa e Ualapií ʻo poupouʻi ʻa e mali ʻa e tataú ʻo pehē ai ʻe he pule lahi ʻo e kautahá ni Alan Joyce ʻio ʻokú ne poupouʻi ʻa e meʻá ni.

    Ko e feinga ʻeni ʻa ʻAositelēlia ke vakaiʻi e tuʻunga fakalao ʻo e mali tataú he fonuá hili ia ha ngaahi taʻu hono ʻosi fakalaoʻi foki ia ʻi Nuʻu Sila.

    ʻOku lolotonga tufaki ʻa e ngaahi pepa pālotí ki he ngaahi ʻapí pea ʻe fakafonu ia ʻe he kakaí ke kakato pea fakafoki ki muʻa ʻi Nōvema ʻaho 7.