Australian national rugby union team Members have shown disagreement on Twitter about the same-sex marriage, as Australia is preparing to vote on the issue.
The fight came when player Israel Folau, who is 28 years old, posted that he opposes the thought of same-sex marriage through his Twitter account in a tweet that was re-posted by almost 3,000 fans. The player of Wallabies comment came after Australian were given the postal ballots to vote and the voting was on legalizing same-sex marriage and it was the for a non-binding vote.
Mr Folau said “I respect and love people for who they are and also their opinions, but as far as my view about gay marriage is concerned, I personally not in support of that”. Folau is known as a devout Christian. He was raised as Mormon and in 2011 with his family converted to the Assemblies of God fellowship.
Some of the current teammates of Mr Folau were among all those who opposed his views – David Pocock, also a Wallabies regular like Folau, tweeted “My vote goes to justice and love,” though in his tweet, he did not mention Folau, but tweet shows disagreement of Folau.
The coach of Wallabies Michael Cheika and the captain Michael Hooper has a meeting with the politicians earlier this week and they too showed their support for the proposed legislation. The sports organizations that support this legislation includes Australian Rugby Union, Football Federation Australia and Cricket Australia, all these organizations have shown their support giving Yes vote.
According to the Australian Media, who did pre-poll on the matter, and suggest that 70% of the Australians have planned to vote yes.
Infact, some have commented on the tweet of Folau and said that saying ‘Yes’ meant showing showing respect to love.
Hopefully their opinions on political matters won’t interfere with how well they work together on the pitch, with the match-up against England in November on their Tour of the UK (tickets available for the whol tour including Wales, Scotland and Ireland matches from Liverugbytickets.co.uk) – though they’ll get the chance to get their act together in their games against South Africa, Argentina and NZ which comes hot on the heels of the vote.