Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage

WATCH Trans journalist's moving speech in response to Margaret Court Screenshot ABC The Drum Cate McGregor spoke up about Margaret Court
Nellie Chapman | 03 June, 2017, 02:30

She later founded the Margaret Court Ministries and in this capacity, has been a vocal critic of LGBTQ rights.

In 1990, Court said Navratilova was a poor role model for young tennis players because of her homosexuality.

"At the time I was really hurt because I actually know Margaret personally", said Dellacqua on Wednesday at the French Open. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979. But Navratilova added that she had been unaware of Court's remarks about the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Tennis great Martina Navratilova has called Court a "homophobe" and demanded a name change for the stadium, while world number one Andy Murray and several Australian players - including Samantha Stosur, Nick Kyrgios and Jamiee Fourlis - expressed disapproval of her comments.

"I went to bed last night not having made the life of any other Australian miserable", Ms McGregor told ABC TV. I've got them in the church. "I think it's very sad and sick it's being brought up now".

She said: "It is now clear exactly who Court is: an fantastic tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe".

When a hero reveals a personal view that's seen as unsound by the statistical majority of Australians, we feel let down. The couple had appeared in a previous article celebrating the birth of their son.

Court, 74, has vowed to keep airing her views and didn't hold back on Vision Christian Radio station. "Enough is enough", with an image of the article attached.

Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur believes Court may leave TA with no choice if she continues speaking out, while Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic also waded in on Friday, demanding an apology from the 24-time grand slam victor.

The 18-time women's singles Grand Slam victor, who is openly gay, wrote in a letter that Court had shown herself to be a "homophobe" and "racist". "Her vitriol is not just an opinion". She is demonizing trans kids and trans adults everywhere.

Asked if he would support a boycott, Murray said: "It'd be more beneficial to do something before the tournament". If its two men, two women, thats great.

This wasn't the first time Court has spoken up in defense of marriage.

She suggested the court be renamed after another former tennis great, Evonne Goolagong.

"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage". Court also said that marriage is between one man and one woman, as the Bible teaches, and gay marriage is an attempt to "legitimize what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy".

"I think if it continues down this road, then maybe there may be no other option but to do that", Stosur said.

A transgender journalist in Australia has given a moving speech in response to the Margaret Court controversy.

Tennis Australia has not replied to requests for comment on Court's new statements. While a majority of Australians support such unions, passage of a marriage bill has eluded supporters. No one wants to be transgender, we don't chose it, we're born like it, ' she said.