Tennis legend Margaret Court, winner of seven straight Australian Opens and a record 24 Grand Slam titles, is urging Australians to fight against the push for gay marriage in her country. The former pro, founder and now senior pastor in Perthâs Victory Life Church, had a littany of thoughts on the subject for The West Australian:
âPolitically correct education has masterfully escorted homosexuality out from behind closed doors, into the community openly and now is aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take. Society is best served by strong family units that comprised a mother, father and children and that there is no reason to put forward alternative, unhealthy, unnatural unions as a substitute.
No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life.
To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy, reveals our ignorance as to the ills that come when society is forced to accept law that violates their very own God-given nature of what is right and what is wrong.â
Court has had a history of anti-gay comments, accusing lesbians of ruining womenâs tennis and calling Martina Navratilova a bad example to young players.
In 2002 she said Damir Dokicâs concern about daughter Jelena being exposed to lesbians on the circuit was âunderstandableâ and campaigning against Western Australian laws that gave gay couples equal legal rights as de facto couples.
The three times Wimbledon champion who holds 62 Grand Slam titles turned to Christianity in 1972, and has long claimed that homosexuality is a choice, reiterating her stance this week.
âThe fact that the homosexual cry is, âWe were born this wayâ as the cause behind their own personal choice is cause for concern,â she said. âEvery action begins with a thought. There is a choice to be made.â
This is not a new theme for Court, who in 1990 accused Martina Navratilova and other lesbian tennis players of ruining the sport. In 1994 she proclaimed homosexuality and abortion to be abominations of the Lord. She has also said gay people can change their sexual orientation, and she has fought against laws to protect gay and lesbian people.