The international rugby union star Israel Folau weighs in on the birth birth certificate

Australian Wallabies rugby star Israel Folau has caused a stir on social media over its attitude to gender debate.

Today, Tasmania became the first Australian jurisdiction to make sexual optional on birth certificates.

Folau, a strong Christian believer, took Twitter to tell people to "turn away" from their evil ways after the announcement.

"The devil has blinded so many people in this world, HARMING and turning away from his evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free," he said.

Tweet was shared more than 30 times and had over 200 likes, but the opinions are mixed in 40 comments.

"Why would Jesus want more details in his birth records? How can this be associated with his faith or the religion of his followers?" asked one user.

"Folau needs a social media team to do all their jobs for him, you are extremely religious to get it, but it may be best to stay out of topics that could easily offend in today's world," another said.

Others, however, came out in Folau's defense.

"A lot of nonsense isn't it? They're confusing kids so much these days with all these nonsense," one man wrote.

The former league and player of AFL, now a rugby union star, has created tension on social media in the past for its attitude to homosexuality.

Six months after tweeting his opposition to same-sex marriage, Wallabies fullback sent to Instagram last April that gays would go to hell.

Folau, who is married to Silver Ferns Maria Folau (née Tutaia) shooter, commented on the question he posted on Instagram, which showed "God's plan".

"@izzyfolau, what was the gods plan for gays ??" asked Mike Sephton-Poultney.

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

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