Israel Folau under fire after new homophobic remark

  • 04/04/2018
A screenshot of the instagram comments and Israel Folau.
The husband of Silver Fern Maria Tutaia has revealed what he thinks God's plan for gay people is. Photo credit: Instagram/file

Wallabies star Israel Folau is once again courting controversy after suggesting gay people are destined for hell if they don't repent from their 'sins' in an Instagram comment.

Nearly six months after revealing he would be voting against marriage equality in Australia's postal vote, Folau took to the social media site to share his opinions about homosexuality.

He initially shared an image showing the disparity between people's own plans and God's - the latter showing an obstacle course filled with twists and turns before the finish line.

However things took a turn in the comments when somebody asked him a simple question: "What was God's plan for gay people?"

"HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God," Folau replied.

The comment has since caused widespread outrage among fans and media.

Folau, an Australian rugby player, is married to Silver Ferns star Maria Folau (nee Tutaia) who also commented on the post.

She simply replied "Amen bapi", although the comment is believed to have been related to his original post, not the remark about homosexuality.

Folau is a devout Christian, having been raised Mormon, and followed the Assemblies of God fellowship since his family converted in 2011.

Australia's gay and inclusive rugby union team, the Sydney Convicts, said Folau's comment was disappointing but did not reflect the sport's attitude towards gay people.

The rugby sides Folau plays for, the New South Wales Waratahs and the Wallabies, are yet to comment on the matter.