Israel Folau tweet divides Pacific Community as Australia gears up for Same-Sex marriage vote
Poly twitter was on fire last night after Wallabies star Israel Folau tweeted his thoughts on same-sex marriage.
As Australians get ready to vote on the issue of same-sex marriage this month, the millionaire athlete who is set to marry Samoan silver fern Netball star SUGA Maria Tutaia, has made it clear that he opposes gay marriage
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
The issue which is polarising a nation has also sparked debates in the Pacific community online.
How about the right of a person to say ‘Hey you know I don’t want the definition of marriage to be changed’ Fair goes both ways.
— Tony Fe’ao (@tonyfeao) September 13, 2017
LOL “it goes against my religious beliefs” but sis u were 2 months pregnant at your wedding. Don’t pick n choose love.
— TEUKIMO’UNGA (@gotrice_101) September 13, 2017
Fa’afāfine are celebrated in Samoan culture, but I often feel it’s to an extent because when they want rights/protections they face backlash
— OleWanSama (@AfroNesian) September 14, 2017
You can’t love and respect people and then deny them the right to be married – love and respect covers EVERYTHING. Grow up Israel Folau.
— Raymond Sagapolutele (@Mr_RimoniTMD) September 13, 2017
Religion appeared to be a main factor for Pacific people who oppose the issue.
The Rugby Star’s tweet which was retweeted over a thousand times and gained over 6k likes, seems to resonate strongly with a large part of the Pacific community and far right Australian conservatives.
Starting this week, Australians will be sent out the same-sex survey by post. However the response may not change anything.
According to news.com.au, ‘The postal survey is basically a huge opinion poll to gauge the views of Australians on same-sex marriage which MIGHT lead to a vote in Parliament. Only that vote can actually make same-sex marriage legal.
If a majority of people vote in favour in the postal survey, a vote will then be held in parliament which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he expects will make same-sex marriage legal.
Even if there is a resounding yes vote, MPs are under no compulsion to actually vote in favour of same-sex marriage.’