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Tennis Legend Margaret Court Condemns Gay Marriage, Calls Homosexuality 'Abominable'

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court, now a  pastor in Perth's Victory Life Church, is not happy with the push to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and is speaking out against it, The West Australian reports:

CourtThe Rev. Court urged Australians to make a stand against gay marriage, saying no human law could ever change God's divine laws. The Rev. Court, who is regarded as the greatest female player of all time, believes Australia needs to wake up as a nation to protect future generations. "Politically 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," she said.

Said Court: "They are not perfect, often dysfunctional and despite the fact the role models may be distorted and even severely flawed, there is no reason to put forward alternative, unhealthy, unnatural unions as some form of 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."

Court won 24 Grand Slam titles over the course of her career.

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  1. I'm sorry, but I don't recognize the validity of your imaginary friend or its supposed laws.

    Posted by: LiamB | Dec 6, 2011 6:50:26 PM

  2. If I'm not mistaken, Court has a long history of gay bashing. As far as I'm concerned, this old witch never existed, and her titles should be thrown into the trash.

    Posted by: Patrick Wellington III | Dec 6, 2011 7:01:19 PM

  3. God didn't invent marriage, people invented it. It isn't natural.

    Posted by: benjamin | Dec 6, 2011 7:02:10 PM

  4. Funny, I would have guessed she was lesbian.

    Posted by: Gonzo | Dec 6, 2011 7:03:11 PM

  5. @benjamin

    people invented god as well.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 6, 2011 7:03:52 PM

  6. C'mon everyone, cut her a break: she hasn't had much experience with homosexuality, competing in women's tennis and all.

    Posted by: joec | Dec 6, 2011 7:14:01 PM

  7. And her opinion is relevant HOW?

    Posted by: Wholly Mary | Dec 6, 2011 7:15:46 PM

  8. Greatest player of all time my ass. Eleven of her titles came at the Australian Open when nobody played it. She's disgusting.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 6, 2011 7:18:52 PM

  9. Yes. Try googling "greatest female tennis players" -- she makes the top ten, but she's not #1.

    My #1 would be Martina Navratilova, who is NOT speaking out against marriage equality!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Dec 6, 2011 7:23:14 PM

  10. She is in violation of the Bible herself. It says: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was transgression." It also says: "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    Bible verses that confirm her own prejudices she embraces and those that tell her to shut up, sit down, and be submissive, she ignores.

    Posted by: storeyinstitute | Dec 6, 2011 7:24:42 PM

  11. Isn't Perth more or less located right where the earth ends?

    Still, I'm so glad Towleroad serves to record such godless hate.

    Posted by: Fahd | Dec 6, 2011 7:28:12 PM

  12. Somebody, anybody: Please tell me that Billie Jean King kicked her ass on the court.

    Posted by: B | Dec 6, 2011 8:05:35 PM

  13. Too bad she was a better tennis player than a human being.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Dec 6, 2011 8:14:14 PM

  14. Court was the greatest of her era with King a close second (King won more Wimbledon Championships). But the top 3 will probably always be Graf, Navratilova and Evert in which ever order you decide to put them. Maureen Connolly would also have a claim to the title. But Court isn't even close to those three at their peaks.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 6, 2011 8:23:05 PM

  15. If you believe in some greater freaking diety and this is an abomination, then by all means don't be an abomination. Be your straight little heart out. I will continue to be who I am - an abomination by your definition. However, if you have any since of true reality, God did not create people or anything else - People created god.

    Posted by: Pointed | Dec 6, 2011 8:36:25 PM

  16. It's funny but every female pastor I've met has been a lesbian, and many female athletes are gay too. Could it be that she's trying to nail her closet door shut against the odds of being outed? Or is she just bitter?

    And, on top of everything else, she just looks like somebody's lesbian auntie.

    Posted by: Wanna Bet On It? | Dec 6, 2011 9:02:32 PM

  17. Can you say self-loathing closet case?

    Posted by: Wisebear | Dec 6, 2011 9:11:42 PM

  18. f her; tired of hearing from these ignorant bigots

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Dec 6, 2011 9:30:46 PM

  19. This old bag has been railing against homosexuality for decades. In 1990 she said that lesbians like Martina Navratilova were ruining the sport of tennis. She also said that when she was playing many of the older players were lesbian and that the younger women who entered the sport were 'snared in by them'. She's an ignorant, hateful woman. It's a shame her great career will forever be sullied by her bigotry against gay people in the same way Bobby Fisher's legacy is ruined by his anti-semitism.

    Posted by: peterparkerp | Dec 6, 2011 9:58:47 PM

  20. Christians are the scum of the Earth. Mankind will never make real progress as long as it is enslaved to religion

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 6, 2011 10:01:55 PM

  21. Evert cleaned her clock as a 15 year old high school girl! And Jonathan is correct, according to just about every tennis historian, Graf, Navratilova and Evert come in at the top three, with Evert holding the highest winning average of any male or female tennis a rather wide margin, and during a time when arguably the best of the best were playing (King, Court, Navratilova, Graf, Sabatini, Seles, Austin, Goolagong, Bueno, etc). Despite Court's huge physical presence (she towered over every opponent, save Betty Stove, whom she also eclipsed in stature), she couldn't beat a tiny, skinny 15 year old Evert. Nonetheless, this is unsurprising. She was a foe of the women's movement, and was a born again Christian during her playing days. She's never supported liberty, human rights or women's rights, so why would anyone expect her to support human rights today. Sad ol' dinosaur, Court is.

    Posted by: Mack | Dec 6, 2011 10:09:52 PM

  22. My god ass-rapes Margaret Court's weak-assed god, makes him enjoy it, makes him beg for more.

    Posted by: My God | Dec 6, 2011 10:27:49 PM

  23. This is ironic considering she looks gay.

    Posted by: Sergio | Dec 6, 2011 10:34:05 PM

  24. Well, just another stupid fundie. Unfortunately for her, she will now be known for being a bigot rather than her career accomplishments, although it's very fitting. Just another uneducated person who doesn't have a foot in the door of reality.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 6, 2011 10:36:15 PM

  25. Who is this spirit crushing femme? I'll break a tree root up in her shrimp.

    Posted by: kodiak | Dec 6, 2011 10:59:46 PM

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