Folau says he does not support gay marriage

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Folau, who is a devout Christian, tweeted: "I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions but personally I will not support gay marriage".

Australia launched a postal vote on Tuesday (Sept 12) to decide if they should legalise same-sex marriage, as a widely watched poll indicated the country would be overwhelmingly in support. Australia are running the survey to gauge interest in officially putting the vote to their electorate.

Days after the first openly gay rugby player, Ian Roberts successfully convinced the National Rugby League to support the "yes" initiative for marriage equality, devout Christian footballer chose to take to Twitter and spew out his anti-gay thoughts.

The 28-year-old was raised as a Mormon but is now a Christian after his family converted in 2011.

Just as soon as ballots for the same-sex marriage survey began landing in mailboxes around Australia the forms also began to promptly posted to social media, but the Australian Bureau of Statistic has given a very good reason not to boast your vote online.

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"We're all very supported of the "yes" campaign and this is the approach we've taken".

The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urged a "yes" vote.

"Australia's moral values are the envy of the world; nobody wants to leave and there are plenty in the queue wanting to get in". The prime minister, who had been an ardent advocate of taking a vote, is encouraging Australians to vote "yes" on same-sex marriage.

It is not the first time Court has weighed into the issue of same-sex marriage.