Australian anti-discrimination board accepts complaint against Israel Folau

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12/13/2019

An anti-discrimination board in Australia has accepted a complaint against former Wallabies star Israel Folau accusing him of the “vilification of LGBT people”. Gay anti-discrimination activist Garry Burns wrote to New South Wales’ Anti-Discrimination Board’s president in early December complaining about Folau. The former rugby superstar became embroiled in controversy and legal action earlier this year after posting a picture on Instagram saying all drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters would go to hell. His contract with Rugby Australia was terminated after he refused to remove the post, leading to a wrongful termination lawsuit. Burns said the Instagram post, as well as other comments by the player linking natural disasters with the legalisation of same-sex marriage, were “objectively capable of incitement of contempt and or hatred of homosexual persons on the ground of their homosexuality”, according to Australian media.

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