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.


  1. Patrick Wellington III says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Jonathan says

    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.

  4. Pointed says

    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.

  5. Wanna Bet On It? says

    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.

  6. peterparkerp says

    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.

  7. Mack says

    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 player…by 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.

  8. Francis says

    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.

  9. Lola Neilley says

    Court has no right to say those horrible things about other human beings. I believe she is a lesbian in denial and therefore full of hatred and envy towards those who have the courage to be truthful to themselves and to the world. Lola Neilley

  10. Wirrrn says

    As a Perthite, I’ve had to listen to this mad old woman’s ranting for years (she pops up every now and then with a bleeding Jesus statue or a “face of Jesus on a muffin”); plus her brother-in-law, our ex-Premier, is a huge closet case…

  11. Paul says

    Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record is severely skewered by the fact that her 11 Australian Open titles were won mainly when none of the good players could be bothered to travel all the way down there to compete.
    Court hates the fact that an out lesbian like Navratilova is seen as a better player than her by the vast majority of tennis historians. Court’s nasty remarks about Navratilova in 1990 came a day after Martina had won a record-setting 9 Wimbledon titles. That really pissed off Court who only managed three. Bitter, old closet-case.

  12. Urmensch says

    Where on Earth does she get the idea that same-sex marriage is a substitute or alternative to heterosexual marriage?

    So if you are rubbish at heterosexual marriage someone is recommending you try a same-sex marriage instead.

  13. Lexxvs says

    Now I really wish that the word “legend” only to be used for those who no longer are amongst the living. I mean, I really want her to be that kind of “legend”.

  14. Sam says

    Her opinions should not count for anything simply because she won a few slams a few hundred years ago….for every Court, we’ve got a Navratilova and a Billie Jean King!

  15. says

    biblically speaking, “Sodomy” is not a sex act but a mindset in which one hoards wealth and provisions for themselves and does not share with those who are going without.

    That’s something you learn when you actually read the bible, and the story of Sodom. not one mention of “gay” or “homosexual” in the whole damned thing. Ezekiel 16 – the sin was GREED.

    this woman reveals she has ignorance on the brain and hatred in her heart. bigot.

  16. Mary says

    Jerry, Jesus’s ministry ran three years. And he knew he was not long for this earth. It would have made little sense for him to have a wife, and even less sense for him to have a wife and children. And when the apostle Paul recommends that Christian evangelizers remain unmarried we need to keep in mind that the apostles all believed Jesus would return soon and that the world would come to an end. He told them that it wasn’t for them to know when the end would come, so they had no way of estimating. Their chief concern had to be spreading the gospel. If they knew we had over 2,000 years or more to go, the sense of urgency would not have been as great and there would likely have been more talk of how a Christian should plan his life long-term. But this doesn’t mean marriage wasn’t considered important for a whole society.

  17. Jerry6 says

    Ah, Mary: If believing the nonsense in the Bible about a human body rising from the Earth and disappearing into the clouds without any means of propulsion, I guess you will believe just about anything. Be happy in your ignorance, if you wish, but do not try to impose it on anyone else. The Bible also says that the earth is flat, and that the Sun rotates around the Earth. The Pope finally agreed just about 10 years ago that the Earth really does rotate around the Sun.

    However, if believing in the Bible makes your life liveable, go ahead and believe it. Just do not show your utter ignorance of the Laws of The Universe by trying to convince people that the impossible is possible.

  18. Mary says

    Jerry, I was only responding to another commenter’s implication that marriage was not considered important in early Christianity. I am not ignorant of the Laws of the Universe. But of course religion deals with the SUPERnatural and is supposed to be beyond human understanding. It makes no sense to believe in an all-powerful God and then assume that he is bound by the laws of physics. These laws only apply to humans, not Deity.

    Incidentally, my opposition to gay marriage has virtually nothing to do with religion and I have no interest in trying to change American law to make it comply with the Bible. This “dominionist” impulse we’re seeing among some right-wing Christians of today was not part of the original Christian Right of the 1980s’, which was more Burkean conservative and not at all theocratic. As evidence, remember that iits s original group was called “Moral Majority” and not anything with “Christian” in its name.

  19. says

    Truly a Hate monger! who is SHE to judge? isnt that gods job to judge? and didnt “GOD” say women should not be speaking without there husbands permission in public? But annnnyyyyy way Opinions are like ass holes everyone’s got one. If I want to get married and be miserably unhappy in a relationship just like straight people I should have that choice.

  20. Milos says

    Good for you Margaret. Lots of uneducated and visciously hateful posts though. Sadly, you are fighting a lost cause. We have become a society that has almost totally abandoned God in exchange for moral relativism and junk science. Even sadder, the fruits of these kind of policies will very soon come to fruition, as society in general is very near total collapse.

  21. Veronica Bentley says

    I know Margaret Court personally. She is a family mother and head of her church in West Australia. That she professes LOVE one another and then condemns the homosexual is sad. One of her own, Michael Bentley at one time was into the Gay community. He was supposedly a friend of the Courts, yet was a liar, fraud and misrepresented himself to those he met in Australia. He fooled Margaret and her church friends. As he continues to fool even himself. Margaret stuck up for him when he was manic towards his then wife. Oh I could go on forever, but enough, Margaret needs to clean our her own closet before downing Gays.

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