Women’s tennis champion Margaret Court has condemned the push for marriage equality, saying she wants to “protect families”.

Court, who is the founder and senior pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, urged Australians to make a stand against same-sex marriage, saying no human law could ever change God’s divine laws.

“Politically correct education has masterfully escorted homosexuality out from behind closed doors, into the community openly and now is aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take,” she told The West Australian last week.

Court said society was best served by strong family units that comprised a mother, father and children and there was no reason to put forward “alternative, unhealthy, unnatural unions” as a substitute.

“No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life,” she said.

“To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy, reveals our ignorance as to the ills that come when society is forced to accept law that violates their very own God-given nature of what is right and what is wrong.”

Court turned to Christianity in 1972, and has long claimed that homosexuality is a choice, reiterating her stance this week.

“The fact that the homosexual cry is, ‘We can’t help it as we were born this way’, as the cause behind their own personal choice is cause for concern,” she said.

“Every action begins with a thought. There is a choice to be made.”

Court has had a history of anti-gay comments, accusing lesbians of ruining women’s tennis and calling Martina Navratilova a bad example to young players.

Navratilova, along with openly gay tennis great Billie Jean King, condemned Court’s latest comments.

“Seems to me a lot of people have evolved as has the Bible. Unfortunately, Margaret Court has not,” Navratilova told TennisChannel.com

“Her myopic view is truly frightening as well as damaging to the thousands of children already living in same-gender families.

“I have tried to talk to Margaret but to say she’s completely close-minded on the issue is an understatement.”

Photo: Graham Hughes

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