Category: Australia

Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed

Billie Jean King

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Court’s name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champion’s vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former player’s comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.
The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacqua’s newborn child would be “deprived of his father”.
King said she had once supported Court’s name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.
However, she said comments from her friend last year blaming the devil for people being transgender “put her over the edge”.

Margaret Court opposed to same-sex marriage equality in Australia

Margaret Court, Senior Pastor of the Victory Life Church at Osborne Park in Western Australia, has thrown her weight behind the campaign against same-sex marriage.

Rebecca Urban writes:

Controversial tennis champion Margaret Court has thrown her weight behind the campaign against same-sex marriage, undeterred by previous bruising encounters with LGBTI activists.

The Perth-based pastor, whose threat to boycott corporate marriage equality advocate Qantas earlier this year sparked calls for the Melbourne tennis arena named in her honour to be renamed, has urged her supporters to enrol to vote No in the upcoming postal plebiscite.

“Thankyou for your support from across Australia and around the world. But now I need your help,” she writes in an email that is understood to have been sent to thousands of followers.

“Every vote counts.”

The email cites passages from the Bible and provides links to a YouTube video titled “I’m gay and voting No. Here’s why”.

It also points to the website of the Australian Christian Lobby, which, together with Marriage Alliance, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, has formed the Coalition for Marriage, which is spearheading the campaign for a No vote.

Mrs Court told The Australian that although she was not an official member of the Coalition for Marriage, she would continue to lobby against same-sex marriage.

“Everyone knows my views,” she said. “I have nothing against homosexual people but I do believe in traditional marriage as being between and man and a woman. I have always said no to same-sex marriage.”

Martina Navratilova still waiting for Tennis Australia to act on Margaret Court

Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court

Leo Schlink writes:
MARTINA Navratilova has lambasted Margaret Court as “deluded”, declaring she is waiting a response from Australian Open organisers over demands to remove Court’s name from Melbourne Park.

Navratilova has accused Court of “demonising trans kids and trans-adults everywhere” with her views on same sex marriage and claims tennis is “full of lesbians.”
“I have not heard anything from the organisers (Tennis Australia) I think they’re gonna be issuing something, publicly, perhaps more than they have done so far,” Navratilova said.
“I haven’t heard or seen anything so we will see which way the ball rolls. They’re just trying to figure out what to do, I think they’re not quite sure what to do.”

Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is "digging a very big hole for herself"

Sam Stosur

Australia’s number one female tennis player Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is ‘digging a very big hole for herself’ with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

‘I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,’ Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.

Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor.