Tennis great takes stand against airline
Margaret Court won’t fly Qantas after airline’s support for same-sex unions
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.
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.