Australia’s Israel Folau has reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage, and insists he hasn’t let the backlash affect him.
The 28-year-old caused something of a storm both in his homeland and abroad when he tweeted his initial disagreement with proposals in Australia to legalise gay marriage, with many prominent figures in rugby voicing their support for the movement.
I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.✌❤?
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) September 13, 2017
Folau, a devout Christian, hasn’t backed down, however, and insists that he can’t support it because it goes against his religious beliefs:
“I’m going to stand firm on what I’ve already said – that’s what I believe.
“That’s what I believe. I guess it doesn’t change anything for me and my mindset is still first-hand with what’s going on here with the Wallabies.
“It hasn’t really had an effect on me at all, so I stand firm on what I believe in and what I said.”
On the pitch, Folau is having a much better time of it. His stunning form for the Wallabies has already seen him surpass Lote Tuqiri’s Australian record for most tries in a calendar year with eleven, and six more from the last six matches in 2017 will see him break the world record.
The Wallabies take on Argentina this weekend in what has essentially become a dead rubber in the Rugby Championship.