Court weighs in on same sex vote

 

Tennis champion-turned Christian pastor Margaret Court says it is "disappointing" Australia has to have any poll on same sex marriage and has urged people to vote against it.

"We have, ever since Foundation, been a proud nation, a nation which people migrated to - to the extent that it eventually had to be restricted," she wrote in a letter to The West Australian newspaper on Friday.

"Australia's moral values are the envy of the world; nobody wants to leave and there are plenty in the queue wanting to get in. If we have to vote, let us vote 'no' to gay marriage for the sake of Australia, our children and our children's children."

It is not the first time Court has weighed into the issue of same sex marriage.

Court again makes her feelings known on same-sex marriage. Pic: Getty

Earlier this year she received a mountain of criticism for a number of statements, all beginning with another letter to The West Australian where she stated she was boycotting Qantas because of their support of same sex marriage.

The letter read: "I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the bible.

"Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling."

When the backlash began she did not shy away from the media but instead made statements saying that tennis 'was full of lesbians' as well as opining that transgender people were confusing for children.

"That's their choice what they do with their life and I think it's very sad people in that area feel that that is right," she told 3AW on the issue.

"I think the thing is, it is confusing to children."

"I accept them but it's a choice in life. I love all people in life, I have nothing against that."

There were widespread calls from within the tennis community and out, led by Martina Navratilova and Andy Murray to rename Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

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