Australian Tennis Champ Calls For Celebration Following anti-Gay Comments

margaret Court in 1971. Credit: Fotograaf Onbekend

Margaret Court, an Australian tennis grand slam winner, said she “loves” gay people, but doesn’t believe in gay marriage, according to 7 News Australia.

Now, she’s asking Tennis Australia to “honor” her by celebrating the 50th anniversary of her win, saying that she shouldn’t be prevented from celebrating because of her views.

"A lot of attacks came at me," Court said, according to 7 News. "People don't see the other side, when you're being persecuted and horrible things are being said to you. I would never speak that way."

Tennis Australia said they recognize Court’s achievements, but “her views do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion." Billie Jean King and other tennis stars have condemned Court’s statements.


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