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Folau refuses to back Wallabies' support for gay marriage

16 September 2017

Australia coach Michael Cheika says Israel Folau's views on same-sex marriage need to be respected and will not affect whether he is selected for the national team.

A woman who received another man's same-sex marriage postal vote survey form has made a decision to re-address it to the man it belongs to in the hope he will vote "yes".

Government officials say the mail-in poll will cost about 97 million USA dollars.

Two "phone pop-up parties" will be held next week for the postal plebiscite, where Australians will be asked to vote on whether or not they believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

The survey results, due in November, could prompt a non-binding vote in parliament.

Cricket Australia, the NRL and the FFA have all joined the Wallabies in backing same-sex marriage.

He included Bible verses and cited national laws that define marriage as an institution exclusively between one man and one woman, ABC relayed.

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"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".

A robocall is telling Australians that legalizing same-sex marriage may lead to "radical gay sex education".

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in support for the "yes" campaign at an event in Sydney on September 10.

Doodled survey papers will still be counted as a formal vote, as long as they have a readable "yes" or "no" vote, according to an article by Buzzfeed.

The Equality Campaign released new TV and radio advertisements, and the president of the Business Council of Australia, Grant King, used the court decision to write to 130 chief executives telling them he would vote "yes" in the survey.

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

Mr Napier-Raman told SMH this was the first protest against same-sex marriage he had seen on campus.

Folau refuses to back Wallabies' support for gay marriage