Ex-Tennis Great Avoids Qantas Over Same-Sex Marriage Edict

31 May, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Casey Dellacqua has some skin in it Court wrote a demeaning letter to The West Australian after Dellacqua and her

A week ago she announced publically that she would "where possible" refuse to fly with Qantas because the airline promotes same-sex marriage.

"I think a lot of what's happening at the moment is people are expressing their frustration in other ways because the issue isn't being resolved", Mr Wilson said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has commented on calls to change the name of Margaret Court Arena saying it should stay as it is.

One of the few openly gay players on the tennis tour, Richel Hogenkamp, said she wanted Margaret Court Arena to be renamed - as has been suggested by the likes of retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

While there is no indication as yet that such a move will be taken, Australian-born British tennis player Laura Robson famously wore a rainbow hair ornament in 2012 while playing in Margaret Court Arena as a form of protest against its namesake's rhetoric shortly after that set of aforementioned remarks were made.

The venue was originally called Show Court One when it opened in 1988 before it was renamed in 2003 in tribute to the multiple Grand Slam victor.

Stosur's fellow Australian player Casey Dellacqua has been the loudest voice in opposition to Court.

Stosur was among those to retweet the post and solidified her support for Dellacqua on Monday. Well you know that two men can't multiply the earth and two women can't. "I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage", she wrote.

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"I think that was disgusting, actually, the way they did not let me speak", she said.

"But I guess we'll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year and (see) who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn't, and we'll go from there".

Now, Court herself has hit back and claims she's been the victim of bullying.

"I agree with Peter FitzSimons' statement that "Tennis is an inclusive game, and ever more inclusive in the 21st century".

"I think it's bullying. I think we definitely should have (same-sex marriage) in Australia".

Court bravely presented a viewpoint still shared by many Christians in this country that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Murray is a member of the ATP's 12-man Player Council and is there to represent the views and opinions of the world's top 50.

Court has long held strong views against homosexuality, which have previously been slammed by Navratilova and Billie Jean King, who are both gay.

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