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Folau sparks backlash for same-sex marriage stance

2017-09-13 11:10

Cape Town - Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has sparked controversy by revealing he will not support the push for same-sex marriage.

Folau, a devout Christian, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his views: "I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage."

It comes after numerous sporting organisations - including the Australian Rugby Union - declared their support for a 'yes' vote in the government's postal survey.

Folau is the fiancé of star Silver Ferns shooter Maria Tutaia and has played 58 Tests for Australia since 2013.

Folau's tweet subsequently sparked a social media storm.

Others however agreed with Folau or said he was entitled to his opinion.

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