TENNIS LEGEND SAYS SHE WON’T BE SILENCED ON GAY MARRIAGE
“Despite being dumped by Cottesloe Tennis Club”
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TENNIS legend Margaret Court has returned serve to a Perth tennis club that turfed her out as a patron this week, saying she is being silenced for her views on same-sex marriage.
Despite being dumped by Cottesloe Tennis Club, Mrs Court remained defiant, accusing the LGBTQI community of wanting to “destroy marriage”.
Mrs Court said she was disappointed the tennis club had dumped her as vice-patron, saying the move was “politically motivated”.
“I think it’s sad. You don’t have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself,” she said.
“It’s a sad day for our nation when it comes to that.
“Ian Thorpe can stand for the other side and there’s no criticism but when we stand for our Christian beliefs or God’s side I feel sporting people are very intimidated, they’re put down.”
Club president Ian Hutton said management had decided to expand the number of vice-patrons at the club, but when Mrs Court’s re-election was put to members, they voted against it.
Mr Hutton said while Mrs Court’s views on same-sex marriage were mentioned during the debate, the issue for some was her availability to attend club events.
Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts said given Mrs Court’s views were so polarising, she needed to accept what came her way and that he did not think the decision was a mistake.
Margaret Court says she won’t abandon her Christian beliefs. Picture: Sharon Smith.
“If you’ve got an opinion that’s very polarising, when you’re so firmly supportive or against something, then it’s going to have an impact on how you’re perceived in the community,” he said.
“Obviously, her opinions had played a part in it, there’s no doubt about that. Cottesloe Tennis Club, whether they meant to or not, have made a bit of a social stand by making the decision.”
Mrs Court continued to argue against same-sex marriage yesterday, speaking at a Perth Rotary Club series on the issue, saying the debate was surrounded by a “sense of intimidation”.
“I sense at the moment you can put a Yes sign in the window, everything’s all right, but if you put a No sign you get a brick through your window,” she said.
“We already have 36,000 gay couples in this nation, that’s not a lot of people when you think about the 25 million. They already have civil union.
“They want marriage because they want to destroy it.”
Mrs Court, a Christian minister based in Osborne Park, said the consequences of a Yes vote would be severe.
“It’s not about marriage. It will affect Christian schools, it will affect freedom of speech,” she said.
“There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.”
She also defended her committed religious adherence.
“Some say Christianity should not come into politics but we’re human beings. If we believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and it’s in this Bible, we should be able to say that,” she said.
“It’s who we are. It’s a life-style. It’s not something you turn on or off.”
Date-stamped: 2017, September, 15. – Time-stamped: 5:57 pm – By: Dylan Caporn – Original Article Title: Tennis legend says she won’t be silenced on gay marriage – Article Link: PerthNow