Ten­nis great takes stand against air­line

Mar­garet Court won’t fly Qan­tas af­ter air­line’s sup­port for same-sex unions

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

PERTH, AUS­TRALIA — Former ten­nis great and now Chris­tian pas­tor Mar­garet Court says she will stop us­ing Qan­tas “where pos­si­ble” in protest over the Aus­tralian air­line’s pro­mo­tion of same-sex mar­riage.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that Qan­tas has be­come an ac­tive pro­moter for same-sex mar­riage,” Perth res­i­dent Court said in the let­ter pub­lished in The West Aus­tralian news­pa­per.

“I be­lieve in mar­riage as a union be­tween a man and a woman as stated in the Bi­ble. Your state­ment leaves me no op­tion but to use other air­lines where pos­si­ble for my ex­ten­sive trav­el­ling.”

Aus­tralia’s other ma­jor do­mes­tic air­line Vir­gin and founder Richard Bran­son also sup­port gay mar­riage.

Qan­tas CEO Alan Joyce re­cently had a pie thrown in his face in Perth by a man protest­ing the fact Joyce and 20 chief ex­ec­u­tives of ma­jor com­pa­nies had signed a joint let­ter in sup­port of mar­riage equal­ity.

Court, a 74-year-old se­nior pas­tor at Perth’s Vic­tory Life Church and critic of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and same­sex mar­riage for decades, said in the let­ter she had proudly pro­moted Qan­tas dur­ing her days “of never los­ing a ten­nis match while play­ing for my coun­try.”

“I love all peo­ple and will be pleased to talk to your board at any time,” she wrote Thurs­day. “But it won’t be in the Qan­tas lounge.”

Ser­ena Wil­liams’ 23 Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles are a record for the Open era, which be­gan in 1968 — she broke a tie with St­effi Graf at this year’s Aus­tralian Open. Only one player has won more: Court, who claimed part of her 24 dur­ing the am­a­teur era.

VIN­CENT THIAN, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Former ten­nis great and now Chris­tian pas­tor Mar­garet Court says she will stop us­ing Qan­tas in protest over the Aus­tralian air­line’s pro­mo­tion of same-sex mar­riage.

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