Margaret Court To Skip Australian Open, Claims Equal Marriage Will Bring About “Genderless Generation”

Q News Magazine reports:

Australian tennis champion Margaret Court has remained defiant in her opposition to marriage equality. The 24-time Grand Slam winner, who is now a pastor in Perth, told the Herald Sun that same-sex marriage was a “trend” and Australia “will pay” for its decision to legalise it in December.

“I think there will be a price to pay for it in the future in the nation and people will see it’s not about marriage,” she said. “There will be a genderless generation. My thing was a marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Margaret Court made worldwide headlines last year when she announced she would be boycotting Qantas because of the airline’s vocal support for the reform. Court followed up the pledge with comments in which she likened LGBTI activists to Nazis, suggested gender diversity was “all the devil” and that marriage equality would lead to the cancellation of Christmas.

More from Sports24:

Tennis great Margaret Court, whose views on homosexuality sparked calls for a boycott of the Australian Open stadium named after her, will not attend this year’s tournament, organisers said on Friday. The furor led to suggestions that some players would boycott the Margaret Court Arena at this month’s opening Grand Slam unless the flagship stadium at Melbourne Park was renamed.

Court, 75, poured more fuel on the fire by claiming a gay conspiracy from America was behind calls to strip her name from the arena. “As a former champion Margaret was invited to the Australian Open. We have been advised she will not be attending this year,” tournament organisers told AFP.

Court denied she was avoiding the tournament after the controversy. “I don’t run from things, I face them,” she told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper on Friday. “I decided not to come across this year and do more crabbing.”

The full Herald Sun interview is behind their paywall.