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Margaret Court insistent on expressing homophobic views

Margaret Court

Former tennis champion Margaret Court has again gone public with her views against marriage equality, writing a letter to the editor of Western Australia’s daily newspaper pleading for people to vote no ‘for the sake of Australia, our children, and our children’s children’.

The letter was published the morning after current Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua posted an emotional statement to Facebook on the issue.

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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.”

Turkey LGBT: Police stifle Istanbul Gay Pride rally

Authorities in Istanbul had banned the rally for a third successive year

Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have thwarted attempts by organisers to hold a banned Gay Pride march.

The organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite the ban by the authorities, who had cited threats from far-right groups.

But police briefly fired rubber bullets to disperse the marchers and detained a number of them.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey – unlike in many Muslim nations – but homophobia remains widespread.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose ruling AK Party is rooted in conservative Islam, has denied wanting to impose traditional religious values, saying he is committed to secularism. But he supports Turks’ right to express their religion more openly.

He has been accused of growing authoritarianism in recent years.

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.”

Malaysia drops gay ‘prevention’ category from video competition

Homosexual activity is illegal in Malaysia under both secular and religious laws

The Malaysian government has removed a category on “preventing” homosexuality from a sex education video competition for young people, following an outcry among activists.

They had said it could increase hatred and violence against LGBT people.

The health ministry has replaced the “gender identity disorder” category with one on gender and sexuality.

The contest for 13- to 24-year-olds is offering prizes of up to $1,000 (£780) for the best videos.

The other categories are sexual health and sex and the internet.

Homosexual activity is illegal in Malaysia under both secular and religious laws and is punishable by a prison sentence or corporal punishment.