As long as Margaret Court Arena is stained with the name of an outspoken homophobe it is going to cop flack every time its namesake mouths off … and she is at it again.
The former tennis champ is now threatening to leave the homophone safety net of her like-minded Australian Liberal Party. “They are not allowing you to speak. I don’t think I want to be with either party,” she told the West Australian.
Court started her homophobic mini-series with a personal attack on Qantas chief Alan Joyce in a letter to the West Australian in May. In the letter she clearly mentions her tennis career, “As you will know, I have represented Australia many times and have the proud record of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country”.
The letter, addressed to Joyce after Qantas endorsed a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage survey, said “I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible”.
When criticised for her archaic thinking and suggestions were made to remove her name from the Melbourne Arena, Court whined that her name should stay because “it should have nothing to do with my tennis career”.
Australia voted Yes to Marriage Equality in a landslide victory this week. The governing Australian Liberal Party, a haven for homophobe politicians, was crushed by public opinion in the unneccessary $100m waste of taxpayer money. Instead of spending the money on something the public clearly wanted, the government could have simply passed Marriage Equality into law at no cost to the taxpayer simply by doing its job. Instead, they fed a platform of nastiness which people like Court clearly used to butt into others people’s private lives.
Margaret Court Arena currently has no plans to change its name.