Recently, just before this year’s Australian Open, Court told the “Melbourne Herald Sun”, “Let me be clear. I believe that a person’s sexuality is a choice. In the Bible it said that homosexuality is among sins that are works of the flesh. It is not something you are born with. My concern is that we are advocating to young people that it is OK to have these feelings.”
Groups organized on Facebook to protest at the Australian Open by wearing rainbow clothing and flying rainbow flags.
After Court’s comments, tennis pro and LGBT rights activist Martina Navratilova called Court’s view “outdated” adding, “It is not about any one person. It’s about human rights. It is a secular view, not a religious view. I have spoken to her years ago but she was all about Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. She repeated that four or five times so I just felt I couldn’t get through to her.”
Another gay tennis legend, Billie Jean King responded, “I respectfully disagree with Margaret’s position on gay marriage. We have to commit to eliminating homophobia because everyone is entitled to the same rights, opportunities and protection.”
While I fully disagree with Court, I’m glad she stands by her views and I hope one day she can open her mind for equality. In 2001, she was quoted as saying, “Jesus Christ loves the homosexual, but he hates the sin, and we love the homosexual and we’re there to help them to overcome it.”
Court also says, “The fact that the homosexual cry is, `We can’t help it, as we were born this way,’ as the cause behind their own personal choice is cause for concern.”
While I know there are many that support Court’s belief, others are standing strong against her.
Kerryn Phelps, former president of the Australian Medical Association and one of Australia’s most influential gay spokeswomen, wants the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia to drop Court’s name from the 6,000-seat show court arena named in her honor.
And, while respecting Court’s tennis record as “second to none”, Tennis Australia released this statement: “her personal views are her own, and are definitely not shared by Tennis Australia.”
Other than fans that protested, 17-year-old British player, Laura Robson, wore a rainbow-colored scrunchie in her first round loss and stated: “Obviously I’m going to be asked about it and I was expecting that and I’ve given my answer. I believe in equal rights for everyone, so that’s why I wore it.”
Court’s final words on the controversy: “To target me and the tennis is a political stunt. I love (gays), I even work with them… but what concerns me so much is the amount of hatred that has been directed at me.”
My final thoughts: You old wind bag, feel free to speak your mind, but if you get on the “court” and make a lob, expect a return volley.
And, this picture has nothing to do with the story. It’s just the men’s champion, Novak Djokovic’s reaction to winning!