Tennis champion and lesbian icon Martina Navratilova has
publicly denoucned Margaret Court's anti-gay views as
As reported on PinkPaper.com last week, Court - an 11-time
Australian Open champion who is now a Christian pastor - sparked a
recent backlash for saying that lesbianism has "ruined" Australian
She also claimed that: "politically correct education has
masterfully escorted homosexuality out from behind closed doors,
into the community openly and now is aggressively demanding
marriage rights that are not theirs to take."
But, speaking at an Australian Open press conference in Melbourne
today, 55 year-old Navratilova - who was playing a legends double
match at the Margaret Court Arena - criticised the comments.
"You know, it's not a personal issue. Clearly Margaret Court's
views that she has expressed on same sex marriage, I think are
outdated," the Washington Post report.
"But it's not about any one person. It's not about religious
rights, it's about human rights. It's a secular view, not a
She added: "She was all about Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
She repeated that about four or five times, so I just felt I
couldn't get through to her," Navratilova said.
"Maybe she thought she could get through to me."