May 31, 2017 by Will Maule

Margaret Court Says Christians Are Being "Bullied And Intimidated" On Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Former tennis champion and now pastor of Pentecostal Victory Life Church in Perth, Australia, Margaret Court has said that Christians are being bullied into agreeing with same-sex marriage. Speaking on Vision Christian Radio, she also said noted that homosexuality is on the rise in the sport that she loves.

"When I was playing there was only a couple [of lesbians]," Court said. "But those couple that led took young ones into parties and things. What you get at the top is often what you'll get right through that sport." She continued "We're there to help them overcome. We're not against the people."

Court is an outspoken critic of gay marriage and even refused to fly on Quantas airlines due to their endorsement of same-sex relationships. Now, many professional tennis players want the Margaret Court Arena, a main venue at the Australian Open major tournament, stripped of her name. Former world number four Sam Stosur hinted on Tuesday that players might refuse to play at the arena at next year's tournament, according to the BBC. 

However, world number one Andy Murray believes it would be better to resolve the issue before the tournament begins. "For players to be in a position where you're in a slam and boycotting playing on the court, that would potentially cause a lot of issues," he said.

"If the players come to an agreement - if they think the name should be changed or whatever - that should be decided before the event starts.

"But I would imagine a lot of the players would be pretty offended by that."

"God ordained marriage between a man and a woman. A child should have a mother and a father," Court, who has been married for 50 years, said in a live TV interview. 

Christians are being "bullied and intimidated," to toe the line on the issue, she continued.

She continued to be mocked and jeered at by those in the live studio.

"We are not being allowed to say why we really believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I have nothing against homosexual people, they can lead their life, but don't touch marriage. It's a covenant and it's very precious." 

Watch Court speak more about this below. 

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