Tennis star Margaret Court

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Sep 20, 2017 by Will Maule

Christian Tennis Star Banned From Her Club For Believing In Traditional Marriage

Australian tennis player Margaret Court has won more major tennis tournaments than any other woman in history. She is the champion of a record 24 singles titles in grand slam tournaments. But since retiring, she has become a pastor who is a big supporter of traditional marriage. Her beliefs have cost her a lot of support, and she has been heavily criticized in the press. Now, she has even had her tennis club membership revoked. 

Ian Hutton, president of the smart, grass-court 'Cottesloe Tennis Club,' said members had considered her availability to attend club events when she came up for re-election. It has also been reported that her views on gay marriage came up during the discussion.

"If you've got an opinion that's very polarising, when you're so firmly supportive or against something, then it's going to have an impact on how you're perceived in the community," said Michael Roberts, chief executive of Tennis West. "Obviously, her opinions had played a part in it, there's no doubt about that. Cottesloe Tennis Club, whether they meant to or not, have made a bit of a social stand by making the decision."

"I think it's sad. You don't have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself. It's a sad day for our nation when it comes to that," Court told The West Australian. 

“Ian Thorpe can stand for the other side and there’s no criticism but when we stand for our Christian beliefs or God’s side I feel sporting people are very intimidated, they’re put down.”

Court added: "They want marriage because they want to destroy it."

Franklin Graham has supported Court in her stance. "Margaret is exactly right when she said, "No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life." Sin is a choice, but God's Word is truth and never changes," he wrote on Facebook. 



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