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Activists call for tennis legend Margaret Court’s name to be stripped from Australian Open arena

Margaret Court

“Like any sports fan, I can appreciate her sporting achievements. But I don’t think that gives her license to spread the kind of hateful comments that she is spreading. And in fact I think it’s irresponsible for somebody to use their sporting fame to spread these kinds of views.

Former AMA president Professor Kerryn Phelps, who is spearheading criticism over the views of Australian tennis great Margaret Court, now a senior pastor at the Victory Life Centre church in Perth. Court has called the Australian government’s proposed gay marriage reforms would “legitimize what God calls abominable sexual practices.” A group is planning to demonstrate at the Australian Tennis Open next week, calling for Court’s name to be stripped from the arena. (The World Today/ABC News)

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