Folau creates storm with same-sex marriage tweet

SPORT | Rugby Israel Folau tweets his opposition to same-sex marriage 13 Sep 2017 4:55pm 4 minutes to read Israel Folau

"We are, respectfully, asking all those associated with the school community to participate and vote "NO" in the survey", said Hosking in the letter. She said the relevant law, "on its proper construction, did authorise the Finance Minister to make the determination".

There is a strong chance Central Queensland people could vote "no" with support for marriage equality with Capricornia at 48%, Flynn 44%, along with North Queensland's Kennedy 46% and Central Western's Maranoa at 42% - the area most opposed in the country, consistent its reputation as "Australia's most conservative seat".

I write in my own name and do not claim to represent anybody else although I have a feeling there are many who will hold a similar view.

'We have undertaken a thorough review ahead of delivering the survey and will have additional security measures in place during the process.

Keeping the marriage act as it is will protect the weakening of marriage as we know it.

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

"This bill can not stop all of the hurt, all of the prejudice that is being expressed, all of the lack of acceptance that is being communicated to LGBTI Australians, to same-sex couple families".

If you're one of the 120,000 silent voters, then you can expect to have your survey form sent out to you next week, while those who are living overseas won't actually get an online code until September 25.

Folau's tweet also seems to have spurred some reaction from one of his worldwide teammates as, shortly after his own public expression of disagreement on the issue, David Pocock sent out two firm tweets declaring that he will be voting yes in the public ballot.

Both sides of the debate fired the starting guns on Thursday afternoon, promising to run respectful campaigns.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony at the University of Adelaide on Wednesday, Mr Kirby, who is gay, says the survey shows once again that LGBTI Australians are singled out for discrimination and unequal treatment under the law. "And I think parental rights should be respected". Ted Cruz, who employed the pollster during his presidential campaign, called WPA the "best in the business," a quotation listed on the company's website.

"I'm confident in the judgment of the Australian people", he said.

Folau is believed to be the first high-profile sportsperson to have publicly announced their opposition to same-sex marriage.

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