Rename Margaret Court Arena
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On Thursday 25th May 2017 a letter from profession tennis player and former world number 1, Margaret Court was published in The West Australian.
The letter essentially stated that she would be boycotting Qantas due to Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce's advocacy for marriage equality in Australia.
The letter read as follows;
"I write this as an open letter to the Qantas board and Alan Joyce as the Senior Pastor of Victory Life Church in Perth. As you will know, I have represented Australia many times and have the proud record of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country.
I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.
I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.
Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling.
How proud I was to promote the kangaroo tail throughout the world from the Constellation days to the 380s.
But unfortunately no more.
I love all people and will be pleased to talk to your board at any time.
But it won’t be in the Qantas lounge.
Margaret Court, AO, MBE, Sydney"
As Peter Fitzsimons of the Sydney Morning Herald pointed out, this statement is no surprise considering the other homophobic comments she has spewed out over the years, "To legitimize 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," .
This petition is addressed to Melbourne & Olympic Parks CEO Brian Morris, to have the name of Margaret Court Arena changed so that the home of such important sporting events and sporting teams (The Australian Open, Davis Cup, Melbourne United etc.) is not aligned with such bigotry that clearly doesn't reflect the views of modern day Australians (A July 2014 poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality and conducted by Lynton Crosby and Mark Textor, found that 72% of Australians supported legalising same-sex marriage).
A name associated with such bigotry, who clearly shows disdain towards the LGBTI community should not be given the honour of gracing a sporting arena of such significance.
Please take two seconds out of your day to sign the petition and make the change happen.
Also taking new name ideas in the comments section, the following have been suggested;
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