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Sport Gallen unloads on Margaret Court same-sex furore

04:45  12 november  2019
04:45  12 november  2019 Source:

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PERTH, Australia — At the Victory Life Center, Margaret Court ’s church in the Perth suburb of Osborne Park, a crowd was gathering for the second morning service on Sunday. As Ms. Court , a tennis superstar who holds the record for the most singles titles in the sport, took the pulpit

Same - sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender, entered into in a civil or religious ceremony.

Margaret Court at the 2017 Australian Open.© Getty Margaret Court at the 2017 Australian Open. Margaret Court's tennis achievements should be recognised in isolation from her hardline views on same-sex marriage, NRL legend and boxer Paul Gallen says.

Gallen will on Friday fight Barry Hall at the Melbourne Park arena bearing Court's name.

"Why can't they separate the two issues? Why can't we all be mature enough to separate the two issues?" Gallen told Nine's Sports Sunday.

"Why do you have to hate so much on things? I'm not with what she says at all (against same-sex marriage), no one is. But can we not separate and celebrate her tennis career?"

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Court ’s earlier comments opposing same - sex marriage sparked furious debate about whether the show court named in her honour at Melbourne Park should be Court , 74, is a senior pastor at Perth’s Victory Life church and has been a critic of homosexuality and same - sex marriage for decades.

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There have been calls for the arena to be renamed due to Court's rejection of same-sex marriage, while there is an ongoing furore about whether the 50th anniversary of Court's 1970 Grand Slam should be celebrated at the next Australian Open; as Rod Laver's 1969 Slam was this year.

Tennis Australia has tried to find a compromise, amid fears that top players may protest playing on Margaret Court Arena or even boycott the Australian Open. Icons of women's tennis such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova are leading voices on LGBTIQ rights.

It has been reported that Tennis Australia will recognise Court's achievement at the Open, without hosting an overt celebration as it did for the universally-beloved Laver.

Gallen said that Court's tennis careers, which reaped a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, should be recognised despite the widespread view that her same-sex marriage stance is no longer acceptable.

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Margaret Court avoids flying Qantas because of its same sex marriage support. Ms Court made the statement in a letter published in The West Australian. Tennis legend and Christian pastor Margaret Court has slapped a ban on using Qantas 'where possible' because it supports same sex marriage.

Court , now a church pastor, drew fire last year for saying she would avoid Qantas airline for its support of same - sex marriage, which became law in her The furore of Court 's views led to suggestions that some players would boycott the Margaret Court Arena at Monday's opening Grand Slam unless the

"How many titles did she win? Twenty-four titles. Why can't we celebrate that?" Gallen asked.

"Her opinions don't reflect what she did in tennis all those years ago."

Gallen said his only caveat was that Court should not take the opportunity to further advance her controversial views during the Open.

Barry Hall smiling for the camera: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen will fight at Margaret Court Arena on Friday.© Getty Barry Hall and Paul Gallen will fight at Margaret Court Arena on Friday.

Gallen was backed by former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, one of the nation's most respected sporting leaders.

Taylor pointed out that Court had won as many Grand Slam singles titles at one event - her home Open - as Laver had won in his entire career (albeit with a window of ineligibility as a professional from 1963-68; he won eight 'Pro Slam' titles alongside 11 Slams).

"Eleven Australian Open wins - that's why it's called the Margaret Court Arena," Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

"I'm with Gal, I think you've got to separate the two and say, 'Look, Margaret Court's opinions aren't going to change. They would have been the same opinions she had 50 years ago. They're not going to change'.

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Same - sex marriage is legal in a number of countries and in several states in the United States, including New York. But it remains illegal in Australia although same - sex partners have equal rights to those of heterosexual couples under other areas of the law. The "Rainbow Flags over Margaret Court

Not so Margaret Court , one of the most successful tennis players of all time, who forgot herself when she decided that her opinions seemed to be the stuff of gold, valued because she had Her mouth was loosened by the stance taken by the Australian airliner Qantas that it would support same sex marriage.

"I think Tennis Australia have got to say, 'They're her opinions, they're not necessarily tennis opinions but she was a fantastic tennis player and gave this country a name in women's tennis'."

Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Novak Djokovic, Frank Sedgman, Rod Laver standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Rod Laver (R) at the 2019 Australian Open with champion Novak Djokovic (C).© AAP Rod Laver (R) at the 2019 Australian Open with champion Novak Djokovic (C).

Former Matildas footballer Amy Chapman said that Tennis Australia had already "strongly recognised" Court's achievements by putting her name on a Melbourne Park arena.

"For me, she's actively undermining the values of Tennis Australia," Chapman said on Sports Sunday.

"Diversity/inclusion is one of their biggest values and she's actively going out there (refuting that), so they have every right (not) to use her as an ambassador. Good on Tennis Australia."

Taylor replied: "Diversity/inclusion means you've got to include Margaret Court."

Chapman: "But they've still got Margaret Court (Arena) named after her, they're not pulling that away, but they don't have to celebrate her if she doesn't represent them."

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