The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

It’s OK for Ian Thorpe to front the Yes cam­paign for same-sex mar­riage.

It’s OK for the Wal­la­bies, the NRL, the ARU, the AFL, Cricket Aus­tralia, Ten­nis Aus­tralia and Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia to sup­port a Yes vote.

It’s OK for the na­tion’s sport­ing bod­ies to bring pol­i­tics into an arena that pre­vi­ously has been a haven from the trou­bles of the world. It’s OK to dis­en­fran­chise a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of play­ers and sup­port­ers.

But it’s not OK for Wal­laby star Is­rael Fo­lau to re­spect­fully dis­agree. “I love and re­spect all peo­ple for who they are and their opin­ions, but per­son­ally, I will not sup­port gay mar­riage” he tweeted last week to a cho­rus of crit­i­cism, call­ing him, among other in­sults, a “bad hu­man be­ing”.

Nor is it OK for for­mer ten­nis champion Mar­garet Court, ad­mit­tedly less re­spect­fully, to state her op­po­si­tion to same sex mar­riage.

We recog­nise tyranny, even when it comes in rain­bow colours.

Is­rael Fo­lau will say no

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