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Margaret Court opposed to same-sex marriage equality in Australia

 

Margaret Court, Senior Pastor of the Victory Life Church at Osborne Park in Western Australia, has thrown her weight behind the campaign against same-sex marriage.

Rebecca Urban writes:

Controversial tennis champion Margaret Court has thrown her weight behind the campaign against same-sex marriage, undeterred by previous bruising encounters with LGBTI activists.

The Perth-based pastor, whose threat to boycott corporate marriage equality advocate Qantas earlier this year sparked calls for the Melbourne tennis arena named in her honour to be renamed, has urged her supporters to enrol to vote No in the upcoming postal plebiscite.

“Thankyou for your support from across Australia and around the world. But now I need your help,” she writes in an email that is understood to have been sent to thousands of followers.

“Every vote counts.”

The email cites passages from the Bible and provides links to a YouTube video titled “I’m gay and voting No. Here’s why”.

It also points to the website of the Australian Christian Lobby, which, together with Marriage Alliance, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, has formed the Coalition for Marriage, which is spearheading the campaign for a No vote.

Mrs Court told The Australian that although she was not an official member of the Coalition for Marriage, she would continue to lobby against same-sex marriage.

“Everyone knows my views,” she said. “I have nothing against homosexual people but I do believe in traditional marriage as being between and man and a woman. I have always said no to same-sex marriage.”

Martina Navratilova still waiting for Tennis Australia to act on Margaret Court

Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court

Leo Schlink writes:

MARTINA Navratilova has lambasted Margaret Court as “deluded”, declaring she is waiting a response from Australian Open organisers over demands to remove Court’s name from Melbourne Park.

Navratilova has accused Court of “demonising trans kids and trans-adults everywhere” with her views on same sex marriage and claims tennis is “full of lesbians.”

“I have not heard anything from the organisers (Tennis Australia) I think they’re gonna be issuing something, publicly, perhaps more than they have done so far,” Navratilova said.

“I haven’t heard or seen anything so we will see which way the ball rolls. They’re just trying to figure out what to do, I think they’re not quite sure what to do.”

Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is “digging a very big hole for herself”

Sam Stosur

Australia’s number one female tennis player Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is ‘digging a very big hole for herself’ with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

‘I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,’ Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.

Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor.

 

Margaret Court engages in anti-gay diatribe

Margaret Court

Ben Anderson writes:

MARGARET Court has reaffirmed her opposition to homosexuality, telling a Christian radio station that tennis is “full of lesbians”.

Speaking to 20Twenty Vision Christian Radio Neil Johnson on Monday, Court said when she was on the professional tennis tour lesbian players would try to influence younger players.

“When I was playing there was only a couple there, but those couple that led that took young ones into parties and, things…because they like to be around heroes,” she said.

“And you know, what you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport.”

The champion tennis player entered the public debate on homosexuality last week when she wrote a letter to The West Australian saying she would no longer travel with Qantas because of the airline’s support of same sex marriage.

When asked a question on same-sex marriage, Court compared homosexual rights activists to Hitler and said children who identified as transgender were being influenced by the Devil.

“That’s all the Devil . . . but that’s what Hitler did and that’s what communism did – got the mind of the children. And there’s a whole plot in our nation, and in the nations of the world to get the minds of the children.”

Children’s literature sparks a conversation on dementia

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Witnessing the decline of a grandparent or elderly relative with dementia can be a confusing and confronting time for young children.

In response, a growing number of children’s authors and illustrators, often inspired by personal experience, are turning to the subject in their books for young readers.

To mark World Dementia Awareness Month in September, a group of Australian children’s authors are collaborating to showcase their stories and raise awareness of dementia and its impact on families.

Children’s literature can be a valuable starting point to discuss ageing and the transition to care.