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Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage

Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage

Historic quotes from the 24-time women's singles Grand Slam champion who is now a Christian pastor has also resurfaced where she seemingly shows support to the Apartheid regime.

Calls to rename the Margaret Court Arena are growing. Her vitriol is not just an opinion, ' Navratilova said. She is demonizing trans kids and trans adults everywhere. "After all, Rod Laver already had the big stadium and Court is one of the all-time greats", Navratilova wrote in the letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald. "There's a lot of money behind it, and it's coming from America".

This week she told Vision Christian Radio station that an Australian programme tackling homophobic bullying in schools was the work of a "gay lobby" that was trying to "get [into] the minds of children".

Margaret Court, 74, prompted outrage after giving an outspoken radio interview in which she said tennis "is full of lesbians" and claimed that transgender children were the "work of the devil".

"She has an unbelievable heart but she has views on same-sex marriage, which a proportion of people don't agree on and it's sad because, as I said, I've got some wonderful gay friends, it's a tough issue and it would be great if it was sorted somehow". That's what communism did - get in the minds of the children. This is not OK.

Czech-born Navratilova, who came out as a lesbian in the 1980s and married Julia Lemigova in 2014, said she had forgiven the Australian for calling her a bad role model in the 1990s "because I was a lesbian". "You can think "Oh, I'm a boy" and it'll affect your emotions and feelings, and everything else and so that's all the devil".

That said, I am not sure who would benefit more from renaming Margret Court Arena?

"[That] has a great ring to it".

But the LGBTI community can choose to celebrate progress, rather than fixate on what a retired tennis legend has to tell us about the Bible.

Former world number one Navratilova, who is a prominent advocate for LGBT rights, has led the criticism against Court, labelling her comments as "sick and dangerous", while those tennis players willing to give their views on the controversy have universally condemned the Australian's attitude. "I think we need to stand our ground", she said. Other Australian tennis players also disagreed with Court's sentiments on Twitter.

However, Ms Court denied this, declaring: "Martina needs to look at her own country, not our country".

Tennis Australia is making no comment on the calls for a name change or concerns of a possible player boycott of the arena at next year's Australian Open. In response to the news, Court said, "We know the statistics are very, very wrong". I think she has absolutely overstepped any support from theology or religion in some of her discoursive remarks about the families of transgendered kids, which were just nonsense'.

She also claims her nephew, who runs the Margaret Court tennis academy in Albury, had been the victim of vandals and threats since she wrote a letter in the West Australian newspaper. No one is saying Rolf Harris wasn't a great artist and performer, but because of what he now represents, he no longer deserves a place of public adulation.

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