Folau cops backlash for same-sex marriage stance

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   Israel Folau left and David Pocock are Wallabies teammates but on different sides of the marriage equality debate

HENRY BROWNE REUTERS Israel Folau left and David Pocock are Wallabies teammates but on different sides of the marriage equality debate

Wallabies star Israel Folau has publicly declared he does not support gay marriage, as the issue continues to divide opinion in Australia.

The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine if Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the government.

He was being interviewed about Australia's current postal survey on marriage equality, when he was asked about conversion therapy.

Former prime minister John Howard has called on Malcolm Turnbull to explain what steps will be taken to protect parental rights, freedom of speech and religious freedom in the event of same-sex marriage becoming law.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics started sending out survey forms to 16 million Australians on Tuesday, inviting them to answer a "yes" or "no" question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

The Facebook post was later shared on Reddit and many voiced their concerns.

If the postal survey finds most Australians want gay marriage, the Parliament will vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition on gay marriage.

Folau refuses to back Wallabies' support for gay marriage

Just three have been held - two on conscription in 1916 and 1917, and one on which song should be the national anthem in 1977.

An Australia Post spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia they are "confident in [their] capability to deliver the postal survey".

Politicians this week were scrambling to pass election-type safeguards restricting material that might be misleading and deceptive.

A person deemed to breach the protections will face fines of up to A$12,600 (£7,600, $10,103).

And an emotional Shelley Argent - a same-sex marriage campaigner and a plaintiff in the other challenge - begged the LGBTI community to "please stand strong, because we will win this".

Dan Nolan reposted an image that has been circulating online of a vote form ticked "no" being illuminated through an envelope with a torch to his Twitter on Wednesday.

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