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Margaret Court returns serve to those who slammed the decision to give her a top Australia Day award #englishheadline #Margaret #Court #returns #serve #slammed #decision #give #top #Australia #Day #award

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Comedian Magda Szubanski has labelled Margaret Court ‘irrelevant’ after it emerged the tennis legend would receive a top Australia Day award despite her controversial views on same-sex marriage. 

Court, 78, is expected to be recognised in Tuesday’s honours for her service to tennis as a record-holding grand slam champion and for her work as a mentor to young sportspeople. 

The staunch religious opponent of same-sex marriage responded to her critics on Friday, following comments by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews who called her views ‘disgraceful’. 

Margaret Court (pictured in the 1960s) is Australia’s greatest tennis player of all time

Speaking on The Project on Friday night, Szubanksi said society had moved on from discriminating against the gay community.

Szubanksi played a key role in the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage.

‘Largely, to be honest, I think she’s irrelevant,’ the LGBTQI rights activist said. 

‘We have marriage equality now.

‘There are still many things that need to be worked on  … but really I think let her wither on the vine.’ 

Chris Bowen has called on the government to justify why tennis great Margret Court (pictured) was selected to receive an Order of Australia medal - despite her divisive views on same-sex marriage.

Margaret Court pictured in January last year, has hit back at ‘bullies’ who slammed the decision to award Australia’s greatest ever tennis player one of the nation’s top awards 

Comedian Magda Szubanksi told The Project on Friday that Court's views on same-sex marriage are irrelevant as society has moved on, and it is now legal in Australia

Comedian Magda Szubanksi told The Project on Friday that Court’s views on same-sex marriage are irrelevant as society has moved on, and it is now legal in Australia

Mr Andrews criticised the decision to award the Grand Slam champion Australia’s highest individual award earlier on Friday.

‘I do not support that,’ he said.

‘I do not believe she should be honoured. I’m sick of having the discussion, in one form or another, every summer.

‘But I don’t give out those gongs, that’s a matter for others… you might want to speak to them about why they think those views, which are disgraceful, hurtful and cost lives, should be honoured.’

WA Premier Mark McGowan also weighed in, saying the Order of Australia awards should go to ‘unsung heroes across the country’. 

News of the honour was leaked five days early on Twitter by Melbourne writer Justin Smith.

Media outlets receive an embargoed list of recipients ahead of the official announcement, but Mr Smith said he did not receive the list, but was told of Court’s award by ‘sources’.  

The news that Court would be recognised with the highest individual honour – a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) – sparked fresh outrage over the 78-year-old minister’s beliefs about same-sex marriage.

The tennis legend and Pentecostal church minister promptly returned serve to those who called foul on the decision to honour her achievements. 

Margaret Court (pictured at Wimbledon in 1972) won the Australian Open 11 times on home soil

Margaret Court (pictured at Wimbledon in 1972) won the Australian Open 11 times on home soil

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews slammed the decision to grant Pentecostal pastor and tennis champion Margaret Court the nation's top honour on Australia Day

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews slammed the decision to grant Pentecostal pastor and tennis champion Margaret Court the nation’s top honour on Australia Day 

 ‘All I know is over the last few years, I’ve never had anybody out in community come to me and say “we don’t like you”, or “we don’t like your beliefs”,’ she told the West Australian.

‘I’ve had thousands come to me and tap me on the shoulder and say ‘thank you, we really appreciate you’.  

Court said she was ‘very disappointed’ by the backlash, and said she had the backing of many in the community.

‘Over the years, I’ve taken a lot, and I think I’ve been bullied in one way, and I think, you know, it’s time to stop,’ she said. 

Margaret Court was presented with a replica trophy to mark the 50th anniversary of her Australian Open grand slam win

Margaret Court was presented with a replica trophy to mark the 50th anniversary of her 1970 Australian Open grand slam win last year – but wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony

Court said she would continue to voice her beliefs and remains unapologetic for her strong anti-gay views.

As a pastor in Western Australia for the Victory Life Church, Court sparked national outrage in 2017 when she penned a public letter urging Australians to vote against gay marriage ‘for the sake of Australia, our children, and our children’s children’.

‘I teach that marriage is between a man and a woman, that a child needs a mother and a father,’ she told Nine News last year.

‘God ordained it that way.’

Court has won the Grand Slam singles title 24 times. 

Actress Magda Szubanski dancing in celebration of the historic 'yes' vote for same-sex marriage in 2017

Actress Magda Szubanski dancing in celebration of the historic ‘yes’ vote for same-sex marriage in 2017

Court is one of only three players ever to have won the Grand Slam Boxed Set, which is every Grand Slam title including singles, doubles and mixed doubles. 

The champion tennis player and Pentecostal minister’s disapproval of same-sex relationships became newsworthy in  2017 as Australia voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

The Australia Day honours awards are overseen by the Council for the Order of Australia.

The independent body is made up of 19 men and women, including community representatives and former politicians. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to comment on the news, saying he had no knowledge of whether Court would be recognised on Australia Day. 



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