The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has attacked an Australian Press Council adjudication that found a Herald Sun column by former tennis champion-turned-pastor Margaret Court was “very probably inaccurate and potentially dangerous”.

Court claimed homosexuality was “a choice” in the editorial and said that Australian society was on a steep moral decline in relation to sexuality.

In a media release today, ACL managing director Jim Wallace called the Press Council’s decision “a dangerous precedent against free speech” and claimed Court never made a factual assertion about homosexuality, she was merely stating her belief.

“This is clearly not a factual assertion, as the Press Council wrongly ruled,” Wallace said.

“It is a sad day for free speech in Australian when the Press Council upholds vexatious complaints, one of which was from a known homosexual activist, that are clearly designed to inhibit free speech.”

Wallace then claimed that the belief that homosexuality was a choice was in fact held by many in the scientific community, and that the Press Council did not have the qualifications to determine that Court’s views were incorrect.

“Margaret Court’s view, which is shared by ACL and prominent scientists and sociologists, is entirely reasonable and uncontroversial,” he said.

“There is no scientific proof for a ‘gay gene’.”

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