GRAND SLAM

Tennis Legend: Just Because I Call Homosexuality “Abominable” Doesn’t Mean I Hate Gays

Maragret Court, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, was slammed by activists, fellow tennis players and blogs like this one last month when she announced same-sex marriages were “unhealthy, unnatural unions” in an interview with the West Australian.

Lesbian tennis champs Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Rennae Stubbs all denounced Court—a  minister at Perth’s Victory Life Church—for her bilious rant. (Good on you, ladies!)

But now Court is playing the victim, claiming her views don’t reflect any hatred.

What views are those? In her interview she stated:

“To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimize 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.”

How could anyone interpret that as hateful, we ask you?

Court was interviewed in New York Times on Wednesday, less that two weeks before the Australian Open begins on January 16 (and if you think the timing is coincidental, it’s not).  She said the outrage against her was “sad.”

There was some controversy recently about an article here that got some negative responses in the United States, from Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. What were your thoughts on that feedback? Were you surprised?

I think it was… sad, because there was nothing quoted in the press that was here that related to any tennis player. And I remember, probably 10, 12 years ago, I spoke with Martina Navratilova. To say that I “hate” homosexuals and lesbians is not [accurate] because we have them in our church. I work with them. And I remember saying to Martina: “Martina, I love you. God loves you. But a wrong doesn’t make a right.” And I said that I look at the younger generation. So I think that it was very sad, the reaction from them, the hate side. There’s no way—I’ve never ever said that in my life, in any print, in any press thing. It was sad, for that reaction…

There has been talk of possible protests at the Australian Open, possibly in or near the court that bears your name, Margaret Court Arena. What would be your thoughts if that were to happen?

Well, I think it’s very sad because I think they’ve taken it in the wrong way. I mean, I make a stand for both my biblical side, and what I believe. And I think — it’s a choice. And I think there’s young people today that need to know it’s a choice in life. And that was my side of it, bringing that forth. I’ve got nothing against the people themselves, I’ve always said that all the years I’ve been a minister.

Oh Margie—may we call you Margie?—you’re forgetting your Bible: In 1 John 3:17, it states “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”  In other words, you can say your don’t hate us, but your actions speak louder.

Court says she will go to the Open, so if any Queerty readers see her there please bitchslap her for us. Then tell her you don’t have anything against her as a person.