Margaret Court Snubs Qantas Over Its Stance On Marriage Equality


Australian tennis great and Christian pastor Margaret Court has announced that she will stop flying Qantas to protest the airline’s support for marriage equality.

“I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage,” the 74-year-old, who is a senior pastor at Perth’s Victory Life Church, wrote in a letter published by The West Australian newspaper.

“I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.”

In March, Qantas CEO Joyce was one of more than 30 Australian CEOs who signed a joint letter urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legislate for same-sex marriage.

Ms Court continued: “Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling.

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

Earlier this month, a man protesting Mr Joyce’s marriage equality support hit him in the face with a pie at a business event in Perth.

Mr Joyce responded to the incident by saying the man’s actions wouldn’t stop him expressing his views on social and corporate community issues.

“I have every intention to continue to be vocal on those social and community issues,” he said.

“It’s important for our shareholders, our employees, and our customers. It’s called good corporate social responsibility.

“Qantas has always spoken up on gender issues, on LGBTI issues, on Indigenous issues and we’ll continue to do so and no attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work.”

(Alan Joyce photo via Wikimedia Commons)

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