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Israel Folau: Ex-Australia full-back says devil influencing transgender debate

Israel Folau (centre) has played professional rugby union, rugby league and Australian rules football

Sacked Australia full-back Israel Folau says “the devil” is trying to influence the debate over transgender rights.

Folau, 30, is taking legal action after having his Rugby Australia contract terminated over a social media post saying “hell awaits” gay people.

In a church sermon on Sunday, he again criticised homosexuality.

Folau also said “kids in primary school” were being allowed to “change their gender” because the government was taking away input from parents.

In April, Tasmania became the first state in Australia to make it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates.

The legislation allows people aged 16 or older to apply to change their listed gender without the approval of their parents.

Legislation changes have also been discussed in the state of Western Australia.