Australian tennis champion Margaret Court has remained defiant in her opposition to marriage equality.
The 24-time Grand Slam winner, who is now a pastor in Perth, told the Herald Sun that same-sex marriage was a “trend” and Australia “will pay” for its decision to legalise it in December.
“I think there will be a price to pay for it in the future in the nation and people will see it’s not about marriage,” she said.
“There will be a genderless generation.
“My thing was a marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Margaret Court made worldwide headlines last year when she announced she would be boycotting Qantas because of the airline’s vocal support for the reform.
Court followed up the pledge with comments in which she likened LGBTI activists to Nazis, suggested gender diversity was “all the devil” and that marriage equality would lead to the cancellation of Christmas.
Her comments prompted calls for Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena to be renamed, led by fellow tennis champion Martina Navratilova.
Navratilova, who is gay, said at the time Court’s “vitriol is not just an opinion.”
“She is demonising trans kids and trans adults everywhere,” she said.
“This is not okay. This is in fact sick and it is dangerous.”
But Court said she did not hate gay people and was angry about how she was made out to be homophobic and no longer deserved credit for her tennis career.
“In many ways they bought my tennis into it and I was speaking from a biblical side,” she said.
“Bringing my tennis into it and what I did in my life … they should be ashamed.”
Court told the Herald Sun she wouldn’t be attending the Australian Open in Melbourne this month, but denied it had anything to do with the same-sex marriage furore.
She warned it would reflect badly on any tennis players who decided to boycott Margaret Court Arena during the Australian Open.
“I think that is petty if they do that and it says what’s in their heart,” she said.
“I think that’s very childish — but that’s not up to me and it doesn’t affect me.”