For release: Sunday January 15 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has described as outrageous the plans by gay activists to demonstrate against Margaret Court at the Australian Tennis Open on Monday.

“Kerryn Phelps has said gays are sick of being punching bags, but who is doing the punching here and look at who they have chosen as a target,” said ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace.

“Margaret Court is the Bradman of women’s tennis, a national icon as well as a 70 year old lady, and the personalised attacks on her are outrageous,” he said.

“That activists could be calling for Margaret Court’s name to be removed from the stadium that rightly honours her is unbelievable, and typifies the selfishness of an agenda that pays no regard to the feelings or reputation of anyone else, not even a national icon,” said Mr Wallace.

“Margaret Court has never sought to use either her status or this event to politicise her views, or even publicise them, instead the gay activists have, and with unbelievable vitriol,” he said.

“This typifies the selfish and vitriolic way in which homosexual activists have pursued their whole agenda for same sex marriage, and this latest example will disgust most Australians,” he said.