Australia rugby team same-sex marriage spat

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Australian rugby union player Israel Folau expressed his views on Twitter on Wednesday morning

Members of the Australian national rugby union team have disagreed on Twitter over same-sex marriage as the country prepares to vote on the issue.

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.

The Wallabies player’s comment was made the day after postal ballots were sent to voters in Australia for a non-binding vote on legalising same-sex marriage.

Mr Folau’s own teammates were among those to object to his views.

“I love and respect people for who they are and their opinions, but personally I will not support gay marriage,” Mr Folau said. He is known to be a devout Christian, who was raised as Mormon and converted to the Assemblies of God fellowship with his family in 2011.

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