Douche of the Week

Tennis Legend Margaret Court: Same-Sex Marriage Is “Unhealthy, Unnatural”

Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week. Have a nominee for DOTW? E-mail it to us at [email protected].

Margaret Smith Court is a tennis legend. The 69-year-old  retired pro from Australia holds more than 60 major titles, has a winning percentage of 92% and is considered by some the greatest female tennis player of all time.

Oh, and she’s also a total frikkin’ ass when it comes to same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

The athlete-turned-reverend at Perth’s Victory Life Church told The West Australian that, “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.”

Congratulations, Marge—we’d like to add another major title to your hall of fame:  Queerty’s Douche of the Week!

In regards to families with opposite-sex parents, she said:

“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.”

Unnatural? She must not be aware that homosexuality has been documented in thousands of species and has existed in human nature since the beginning.

There are those who would say a women wearing revealing outfits and playing professional sports in front of men is unnatural, if not downright unholy. Why, look at Court in the vintage photo at left, taken during her 1960s tennis heyday: That skimpy skirt, the ungraceful gait, those muscular calves and mannish expression. Plop her on a seven-headed beast and she’d be the Whore of Babylon.

Obviously Reverend Court needs a lesson on the human heart herself before preaching as if she knows anything about it. Stick to tennis, Margie, and leave the judgment up to God.

All together now: What a douche!

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  • timncguy

    Why would she say that same-sex unions / families would be put forward as “substitutes” for heterosexual families? Why do opponents always make an assumption that same-sex marriages / families would “replace” heteros? Why not talk about same-sex families as “additions to” hetero families instead of substitutes? There isn’t a limit on the number of families that can exist. A hetero family isn’t torn apart every time a same-sex family is created.

  • MEJ

    aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take

    Neither are they yours to grant, crazy lady.

  • bagooka

    Christians always say they’re “not perfect” when confronted with their own problems. They can’t own up to their own faults at all.

  • Robert in NYC

    Excuse me Margaret Court but last time I checked, my parents created me, not your invisible friend. What a moron. Why do these fundies always think they have a claim on civil marriage in the first place? Since when? It’s not theirs and never has been nor will it be. Until then Court. STFU and go away, or better still, drop dead.

  • Cam

    And many religious people would say the same thing about a woman like her going out and playing sports in a short skirt. To say nothing about the Bibles passages on modesty.

    So apparently she wants to ignore anything in the religion that is inconvenient for her.

  • ben pin wang

    Maggie, you must have tried it before you said that, right? You also know just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Also about legislation, if we follow what you said, then none of the male+female couples who don’t want children or cannot bear children are allowed a marriage license. And any couples stopping having children should have their license immediately revoked. That’s so cruel.
    By the way, I did try the concept of so-called “God”, and found out it is very unnatural and unhealthy to believe that something created us and then left us out here live or die and fight each other like enemies. You can call it by any other name, but “God” is what connects us and we are all it. If you don’t like what “God” has created, that’s because you are narrow, not wrong. Try to broaden yourself, and you will know what is truly natural and healthy.

  • Kaio

    She forgot to add IN MY OPINION, IN MY DELUSIONAL MIND. People have to be more humble and accept the fact their ideas and beliefs should not be taken into account in other people’s lives.

  • nikky

    so…adam and eve…right?…they had kids….
    ….so…those kids…had kids with their siblings?…..O_o…

  • MKe

    My God was she playing with Anita Bryant?

  • jason

    Yes, why is this silly Australian preaching about the Bible? Doesn’t the Bible expressly forbid women from ministering? The Bible also teaches submission of women to men.

    Stupid Margaret Court – a hypocritical Australian.

  • Edgyguy5917

    She’s probably scared to death of being hit with that lesbian tennis pro label. So she’s typically over compensating in the hater direction.

  • Ian

    This post can be summed up (and understood) by one sentence: “The athlete-turned-reverend at Perth’s Victory Life Church” Just another born-again “we just thank you lord” fundamentalist wingnut. Douche of the Week? Check.

  • ben pin wang

    So cruel, Margaret, so cruel. Wish you would stop being cruel. Be nice for change!

  • Chuck

    Clearly no one has touched her dusty old crotchety minge in many decades. For about the next 30 years, old people dying really is cause to celebrate!

  • Humanzee

    She’s just bitter because she lost so badly to Bobby Riggs before (lesbian) Billie Jean King had to save women’s tennis. She’s been a Christian nut for years. Most people professional sports aren’t great thinkers, let’s face it.

  • btseven

    Funny how these stupid effing human cunts spout about homosexuality being unnatural. They talk about how it is against God and against nature. Pick one you stupid assholes! You can not have both, you can not say it is against nature – that would be evolution. And the Christian religion does not believe in evolution. Evolution and science say we humans have been around for more than 200,000 years. The bible says we have been around for around 8,000 years. And since nature adapts to the ever changing environment…. I am gonna say that is why were here. And while they are only concerned about homosexuals, what about the other 3 sexes? Here is a link on that ;

  • LandStander

    @nikky: Yeah, that is what it says happened. Its a sick and twisted book of holiness alright.

  • Bryan

    Her views her not really knew. She’s lashed out before against other gay tennis players like Amelie Mauresmo, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, saying they were perpetuating homosexuality in the locker rooms or something along those lines.

  • Johnny

    I think it’s fine for Queerty to point these things out when they happen, but labeling the column “Douche of the Week” and ending each one with an entirely uninspiring “All together now, what a douche!” is tastelessly juvenile.

    A straight person reading this post is not going to come off with a better opinion of LGBT people.

  • Shannon1981

    @Johnny: Queerty is a snark blog.This Douche of the Week column is obvious snark. And the people are douches. They call it like they see it.

    Furthermore, while many straight people do read gay news sites, it’s hardly usually the likes of a site like this one. This site is obviously aimed at queers exclusively. If you notice, other than trolling, straight people rarely come here.

  • bagooka

    What I find weird as I read her remarks is that they could be said by ANY Christian sect. Southern Baptists (who are notorious for their racism and sexism) could have said it. Pentecostals could have said it. Calvinists could have said it. Lutherans could have said it. Etc etc.

  • Shannon1981

    @bagooka: I come from a family of black baptists who, for generations accepted the southern baptist racism as holy. The outrageous brainwashing of religion knows no bounds.

  • bagooka

    @Shannon1981: It’s very unfortunate that racist white Protestants used Christianity the way they did. They tried to brainwash other people so often they started believing their own lies.

  • Shannon1981

    @bagooka: Living here, in SC, I am pretty sure they believe it anyway. Shameful, but true. I live in a state with a confederate battle flag, the ultimate symbol of slavery, on its state house grounds. Don’t get much more blatantly racist than that.

  • Robin

    @Shannon1981 – I’m straight and I read the articles here because: a) some of them are interesting b) I have gay friends and want to get insight into issues that affect LGBT folk c) straights aren’t the enemy – prejudice is. There is a ‘them versus us’ vibe on queerty, but I persist in my liberal and wholly personal belief that we should all live and let live. I watched Margaret Court on a recent interview and I thought she was rather dull; not a lot to say of interest, but she did wear a rather fetching shade of purple. And didn’t smile once. Why are these religious folk SO serious!!!

  • bagooka

    @Shannon1981: It’s funny how they’ll fly a flag like that on government property. It can be interpreted as a sign of treason.

  • Shannon1981

    @Robin: LOL I stand corrected, though I have to stand by the idea that they aren’t pointing the site at straights, at all. There are gay sites like AfterElton</i? and AfterEllen that are obviously for LGBT communities but still written in a way that most straight people can understand, mainstreamed, if you will. Then there are sites like this one that are obviously written in the tone of bitchy gay snark that one might find in random conversation at a gay bar. Either way, I do not expect Queerty to change its tone or columns to fit the few mainstreamers who might read here, as has been suggested. I enjoy this place because its one of the few where I don’t have to worry about offending straight people with my gay culture simply based on the premise that they do not understand the tone, which is hardly my problem, nor should it be.

  • Shannon1981

    @bagooka: You’d think. But come spend some time here. You will find many things that don’t belong in a so called free country. Like the KKK group not 20 miles from here that still meets.

    @Robin: And I guess I shall add this, and this is my opinion and my opinion only: Nobody who has the us vs them mentality here thinks straights are the enemy. We are well aware that we need our allies, and we love you. However, there are two kids of gay sites IMO: the ones that are LGBT centric but still just mainstreamed enough to where it can bring a mixed crowd, and those strictly aimed at queers. IMO Queerty is the latter. IF you are facing an us vs them mentality here, it is because, no matter how gay affirming or gay friendly you are, or how many gay friends you have, at the end of the day you aren’t us and you don’t get it. Sometimes it’s just nice to talk to people who do. That is in no way meant to offend you, it’s just true.

  • Chris

    The person who wrote this article has a moronic style and sounds like a 7th grader.
    Could say the same thing and sound less puerile?
    I hardly go to Queerty for any news anymore because of the way it’s actually written.
    I’ll go to Towelroad and for all my gay news, thank you.

  • jj

    “Tennis legend?” I’ve never heard of her.

  • ivanna bikcok

    Someone should shove a big Black cock in this old wenches mouth,
    and shut her the fvck up!

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