A discrimination complaint lodged by a gay rights activist against rugby star Israel Folau has been declined by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) on the grounds it was “vexatious”.  Campaigner Garry Burns wrote to the board in December complaining about Folau’s infamous Instagram post in which he warned hell awaits homosexuals.  Mr Burns also complained about the player’s comments in a video church sermon linking droughts and bushfires to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in late 2017.  But ADB president Annabelle Bennett has written to Mr Burns “declining” the complaint because it was vexatious and “a flagrant abuse of process such that no further actions should be taken”.

She found Mr Burns had not pursued the complaint under the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act “in order to avail himself of the processes afforded under the legislation but for a collateral purpose, as a means to pressure the respondent to settle with him”.  The president wrote that the inference was that the settlement sought by Mr Burns was “directed to the payment of money”.  She noted the activist had disregarded the confidential nature of the process by issuing a media release which stated, in part:  “Fellas, I’m just like a vicious Alsatian dog.  Once I grab hold of the leg, I don’t let go until the bone is bare and bloodied.  One way or another, I will get that remedy from Mr Folau.”

Source: Nine News

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