Andy Murray voices support for gay marriage after Margaret Court's 'offensive' remarks


Ms Court has been criticised for her anti-gay stance, with suggestions players boycott playing in the Margaret Court Arena during the Australian Open.

From grand slam champion Samantha Stosur to teenage qualifier Jaimee Fourlis, the Australians have deferred any decision about a possible name change to higher authorities, saying Court, like anyone, is entitled to her opinion. But I guess we'll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year and [see] who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn't, and we'll go from there'.

Speaking on Vision Christian radio program 20Twenty, she told host Neil Johnson she believes "gay lobbyists" are influencing the minds of children to turn them into homosexuals and transgender people as part of a national "plot" which she likened to mind control that occurred in Nazi Germany under Hitler.

"But those couple that led took young ones into parties and things".

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"And you know, what you get at the top is often what you'll get right through that sport".

Australian tennis stars Sam Stosur and Nick Kyrgios have been some of the high-profile voices to come out in opposition of Court's comments.

"It's all in The Bible, God's got so much in there about the mind how it affects us, affects our emotions and our feelings", she said. That's all the devil.

"That's what Hitler did, that's what Communism did - got the mind of the children. There's a whole plot in our nation and in the nations of the world to get in the minds of the children".

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Court, who preaches at the Victory Life Centre, the church she founded in Perth, said she wanted to help homosexuals. "We're not against the people", she said.

World No. 1 men's player Andy Murray also condemned her comments on same-sex marriage. Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King have already called for the change, with Richel Hogenkamp, one of the women's tour's few openly gay players, also backing the move. I don't see why it should matter. "It's not anyone else's business", the No. 1-ranked Murray said Tuesday after winning his first-round match at Roland Garros.

"I'm pretty good friends with Casey [Dellacqua], I know Casey, and I don't agree with what Margaret said at all, " he said.

Asked if he would support a potential boycott, Murray said: "If something was to be done, I think it would be a lot more beneficial to do it before the tournament starts".

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"For players to be in a position where you're in a slam and kind of boycotting playing on the court, I think would potentially cause a lot of issues".