Rugby Player Israel Folau's Anti-Gay Tweet Causes Internet Stir

Jerome Frank
September 16, 2017

Australian rugby star Israel Folau‏ says he does not support gay marriage.

Dan Nolan, a self-described "internet idiot", sparked national outrage on Wednesday when he threatened to read, and subsequently trash, people's private votes by shining a torch through sealed envelopes.

The start of the ballot process followed weekend rallies for and against changing marriage laws, with thousands of people dressed in rainbow colours packing central Sydney on Sunday to back the "yes" vote.

The survey results, due in November, could prompt a non-binding vote in parliament.

(REUTERS / Jason Reed) People attend a rally for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017. Ballots have gone out by mail in a campaign that will last almost two months.

Critics of the government's approach have argued that the public should see how these rights would be protected in proposed legislation before they decide whether gay marriage should go ahead.

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After two years of tortured debate over same-sex marriage within the Coalition, MPs moved to portray the survey as the mechanism to settle the issue "once and for all".

"It will be unlawful to vilify, intimidate or threaten to harm a person either because of views they hold on the survey or in relation to their religious conviction, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status", a government spokesman told the newspaper.

RESIDENTS in the Northern Rivers have jumped on-board a nation-wide Yes Equality campaign inviting Australians to gather in their town and call their friends, neighbours, and complete strangers to ask them to vote Yes. "And I think parental rights should be respected".

"We call on all leaders of the Church who are encouraging a "no" vote to publicly reject Mr Shelton's risky and damaging words".

The poll illustrates why Parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, opposition Labour leader Bill Shorten said.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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