Margaret Court, former tennis player and now Pentecostal minister, is expected to receive an Order Of Australia medal – the country’s highest award – on Australia Day.
The decision has drawn criticism from two state premiers and LGBTQIA+ activists due to Court’s anti-LGBTQIA+ views.
In a statement provided to DNA, spokesperson for Just-Equal, Brian Greig, said, “Margaret Court has already received an Order Of Australia for her contribution to tennis, so this second award rewards her only other major contribution to national life: opposing LGBTI equality and stirring up prejudice against us.”
“They key issue here is that Mrs Court’s opposition to LGBTI equality and inclusion has caused deep harm and that harm should not be honoured,” Greig said.
Greig added the award would “encourage further prejudice, discrimination and division.”
“We also fear the award will be a curtain-raiser for the likely return in 2021 of Scott Morrison’s Religious Discrimination Bill, which allows discrimination and hate speech in the name of religion and for which Margaret Court has been a poster girl,” Greig said.
Mr Greig said the Religious Discrimination Bill will roll-back existing discrimination and hate speech protections in the name of ‘religious freedom’.
“The kind of anti-LGBTI discrimination Margaret Court has engaged in for more than 25 years is not different to racism and should be treated with the same disdain”, he said.
Outlining Court’s anti-LGBTQIA+ record, Just-Equal compiled the following list of her bigoted statements.
- 2001, campaigned against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
- 2001, Opposed anti-discrimination laws for LGBTI people in employment, housing and the provision of goods and services
- 2001, Opposed same-sex couples being recognised as de-factos under WA law.
- Opposed IVF and adoption for same-sex couples.
- 2004, Mrs Court said “Children raised by same-sex couples suffer from shame and guilt.”
- Mrs Court has disparaged tennis as “full of lesbians”, and publicly criticised lesbian player Casey Dellacqua.
- Mrs Court mocked Casey Dellacqua’s relationship and scolded her for “raising a child without a father.”
- 2017: Mrs Court described advocates for the LGBTI communities as ‘behaving just like the like Nazis’
- 2018: Mrs Court described transgender children as ‘influenced by the devil’.
- 2018 – Mrs Court set up a consulate in her Victory Life Church for African regime (Burundi), known for persecuting gays, torture, sexual violence and executions.
- Mrs Court is an advocate and practitioner of ‘gay conversation therapy’ – a practice that has been condemned by the Australian Medical Association as both ‘harmful and dangerous.’
QNews has published a video of Court, apparently speaking in tongues. Happy Australia Day…