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Love is love? Not for Margaret Court it isn't

TENNIS great Margaret Court is not happy at all about Yes prevailing in the same-sex marriage vote.

The Perth based pastor, and long-time critic of homosexuality, stoked controversy earlier this year when she said she would no longer fly Qantas because of CEO Alan Joyce's vocal support of same-sex marriage.

Following the Yes vote, Court has warned she may end another long running association - her 50 year membership of the Liberal Party.

She told the West Australian both the major parties were presiding over the nation's moral decline.

Margaret Court has said she may turn her back on teh Liberal party dfue to the SSM vote. Picture: Ross Swanborough.
Margaret Court has said she may turn her back on teh Liberal party dfue to the SSM vote. Picture: Ross Swanborough.

Australians who didn't believe in same-sex marriage no longer had a place in mainstream politics, she opined.

"We look at what's there now and they are not listening to the conservatives or what a lot of people would like," she said.

"They are not allowing you to speak. I don't think I want to be with either party."

In May, Court announced her Qantas boycott, in the process effectively throwing one of the first salvos of the same-sex marriage campaign.

"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage," she wrote in an open letter to a newspaper.

"Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines were possible for my extensive travelling."

Court rounded off her statement by declaring, "I love all people and will be pleased to talk to your board at any time. But it won't be in the Qantas lounge."

It doesn't look like Mr Joyce took Court up on her offer.

Immediately after the same-sex marriage survey was announced on Wednesday, the Qantas boss took to the stage at the Sydney Yes party with his partner Shane Lloyd.

Qanats CEO Alan Joyce (left) and partner Shane Lloyd at The Yes Campaign announcement in Sydney. Picture: Jane Dempster+–-–
Qanats CEO Alan Joyce (left) and partner Shane Lloyd at The Yes Campaign announcement in Sydney. Picture: Jane Dempster+–-–

"Get on and do it Mr Turnbull. It's now up to you," he said to the crowd.

Court later doubled down on her earlier remarks telling a Christian radio station that "tennis is full of lesbians" and transgender children are influenced by the devil and manipulated in a way that was evident in Nazi Germany.

That comment didn't go down massively well, with calls for Melbourne Park's Margaret Court Arena to have its name changed

In an letter, published by Fairfax Media, tennis royalty Martina Navratilova said while Court was entitled to free speech that didn't mean her words were free of consequence.

She also said Court's views on linking the LGBTI community to Nazism were "sick and dangerous."

"It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe. Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too). She is demonising trans kids and trans adults everywhere," Navratilova wrote.

At the time, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Court was entitled to her views.

"She is one of the all-time greats and the Margaret Court Arena celebrates Margaret Court the tennis player," he told Neil Mitchell on 3AW.

The electorate in Perth which contains Court's church voted 72 per cent for Yes, the highest pro-same-sex marriage majority in Western Australia.

Topics:  lgbti politics postal ballot same sex marriage



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