Australia rugby team same-sex marriage spat


The spat came after 28-year-old player Israel Folau posted on Wednesday that he opposes same-sex marriage in a tweet liked almost 3,000 times.
Mr Folau’s own teammates were among those to object to his views.
Fellow player David Pocock, did not address Mr Folau directly, but disagreed.
Mr Pocock, who is known for his activism on social issues including homophobia, also tweeted a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and captain Michael Hooper met with politicians earlier this week to show their support for the proposed legislation after other sporting organisations, including Australian Rugby Union, Cricket Australia and Football Federation Australia, also voiced their support for a Yes vote.
“Nobody is asking you to marry a man. A Yes vote shows respect for others who want the right to have their relationship treated equally,” commented Deputy Lord Major of Sydney Kerryn Phelps.
Journalist Karina Hogan wrote, “it is fundamentally disrespectful to think you have the right to decide how others live their lives.”
However, some pointed out Mr Folau is entitled to his opinion.
Much respect,” tweeted Gelina Mont , who works for Catholic social network
But one person wondered why people care what a sportsperson thinks.
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