This week has seen a great amount of controversy arise from some statements made by retired tennis great Margaret Court in regards to gay marriage, and has resulted in many calling for the venue which bears her name to be renamed.
In a letter published in The West Australian newspaper, Court criticised Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s public statements in support of gay marriage. As a result, Court penned an open letter titled ‘Qantas loses a customer’, in which she stated “I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage,” and “your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling.” She justified these statements by stating that she believes in “marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.”
This has of course lead to many well-known figures making statements in regards to Court’s letter, with many using this as an opportunity to call for Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena to be renamed. The stadium, which has a capacity of around 7000, has a number of high-profile concerts lined up for this year, including Grinspoon, LCD Soundsystem, and Placebo, whose members have long aligned themselves with the LGBTQIA community.
As news.com.au reports, famous musical figures including promoter Michael Gudinski, and US musician Ryan Adams have also spoken out about their stances on the issue.