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Israel Folau Sues Rugby Australia for $10 Million Over Firing for Homophobic Remarks

Former Rugby Australia player Israel Folau has officially filed a lawsuit against the organization that fired him for homophobic remarks, seeking A$10m ($6.8m US). BBC reports: “He argues his contract was unlawfully ended due to his Christian beliefs. Australian rugby officials maintain that Folau breached a players’ code of conduct. Mediation attempts in Australia’s main workplace relations tribunal broke down in June. Formerly one of Australia’s highest-paid athletes, Folau has said that he is seeking A$10m (£5.6m; $6.8m) in compensation and a return to the national side. He has filed...
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Christian Group Raises Over $1 Million in New Crowdfunding Effort for Anti-Gay Rugby Player Israel Folau After GoFundMe Cancellation

The Australian Christian Lobby claimed it had raised $1,540,395 ($1,073,794 US) as of this posting for fired anti-gay rugby player Israel Folau after GoFundMe shut its campaign down over the weekend for violating its terms of service. The Australian Christian Lobby says Israel Folau's fundraising campaign is about "creating a grassroots support network, raising the profile of the case and giving people a voice to buy into the whole thing".— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) June 23, 2019 Martyn Iles, the managing director of the ACL, said the group would be donating...
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GoFundMe Shuts Down Anti-Gay Rugby Star Israel Folau’s Hateful Money Beg

On Friday we reported that fired rugby superstar Israel Folau had raised nearly half a million dollars on a GoFundMe campaign after begging supporters to fund his legal defense. GoFundMe shut the campaign down over the weekend for violating its terms of service. Said GoFundMe spokesperson Nicola Britton: “As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMes engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion … Our...
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