A Little Bit Of History Repeating

Court’s “Church”

Everything old is new again

In 2012 a furore erupted when Margaret Court described same-sex marriages as “unhealthy” and “unnatural” unions. At the same time she was also peddling the old lie that she loves the gays, something she recently repeated.

Court was quoted describing advocacy of same-sex marriage as promoting “unhealthy” and “unnatural” unions.

“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,” she said. [Sydney Morning Herald]

In response, I got involved in something called Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena​, aided by Ivan Hinton-Teoh, in his first foray into activism. He’s come on a bit since then, becoming one of the leading lights of Australian Marriage Equality before setting up his own organisation, just.equal.

At the time I had a radio show on Joy 94.9, The Rainbow Report. Here are the podcasts of my interview with Ivan (as well as the rest of that edition of the show), in a show titled God, Gays & Margaret Court.

On the same page there’s also a link to a confronting Rainbow Report: God & Gays on the evils of reparative therapy, with Matt Glover, Fairfax investigative journalist Michael Lallo, who has written extensively on the subject, and then Labor candidate, Cath Bowtell, who wanted to outlaw the practice. I also wrote about this subject here.

Warning: this post and this podcast discuss suicide, including the story of Damien Christie, and may be triggering for some people.

Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena

Court stated in a recent interview that she had gays in her church who she ‘helped’ overcome their homosexuality: in other words, she still practices reparative therapy.

Tennis players like Martina Navratilova are strong enough to stand up to her nonsense, as are leathery old activists like myself. But vulnerable young people struggling with their sexuality who fall into her clutches could be headed for disaster.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)