TACKLING DOUBLE STANDARDS
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