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Gareth Thomas Slams Israel Folau For Anti-Gay Marriage Stance

Gareth Thomas Slams Israel Folau For Anti-Gay Marriage Stance

In his tweet on Wednesday afternoon he said he loves and respects everyone for their opinions but that he would not support same-sex marriage.

All Australian citizens are legally required to participate in referendums with the country now readying itself for a non-binding vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised.

In a sign of the times, Australian Rugby Union as an organisation yesterday took the step of joining Cricket Australia, the Football Federation, and the NRL in throwing their support behind the "yes" campaign.

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Meanwhile, former Wales worldwide Gareth Thomas has taken serious offense to Folau's tweet as he fired out a strong response to the 28-year-old's declaration.

His Test teammate David Pocock, now playing in Japan as part of a year-long sabbatical, posted his support of marriage equality not long after, but Cheika said differing views were not the same as a rift in the team.

The Wallabies flanker has been a passionate advocate for LGBTI rights and has previously indicated he will not marry his long-term partner Emma Palandri until gay marriage is legalised in Australia.

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Thankfully, teammate David Peacock had a different view and shared the following with his fans, saying: "When my survey arrives I'll #VoteYes for justice and love".

Folau's views polarised the Twittersphere, including a stack of responses that criticised him over his stance after he became one of the first high-profile sportspeople to publicly voice his opposition against same-sex marriage.

But Cheika has since refused any suggestion that the presence of Folau in his squad for the Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Saturday would create disharmony.

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As the event is not on the worldwide match calendar, teams are unable to insist on the release of players by clubs. The second match of the day, between Mali and Guinea , will take place at the same time at Ndoum Stadium.

Folau's tweet didn't only draw criticism, however, and has attracted more than 300 retweets and 1000 likes within three hours of it being posted on Twitter.


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