WA tennis legend Margaret Court has slammed the push to legalise gay marriage, saying she wants to "protect families".
The Rev. Court urged Australians to make a stand against gay marriage, saying no human law could ever change God's divine laws.
The Rev. Court, who is regarded as the greatest female player of all time, believes Australia needs to wake up as a nation to protect future generations."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," she said.
The Rev. Court, who founded and is a senior pastor in Perth's Victory Life Church, said society was best served by strong family units that comprised a mum, dad and children.
"They are not perfect, often dysfunctional and despite the fact the role models may be distorted and even severely flawed, there is no reason to put forward alternative, unhealthy, unnatural unions as some form of substitute," she said. "No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life.
"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."
The Rev. Court claimed that in the US State of Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage was legalised in 2004, the negative effects of such unions had already been felt.
"The fact that the homosexual cry is, 'We can't help it as we were born this way', as the cause behind their own personal choice is cause for concern," she said. "Every action begins with a thought. There is a choice to be made."
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott reaffirmed his commitment to the "traditional" marriage during a visit to Perth yesterday, saying it should be between a man and a woman.
He believed his was the position of the majority of the party after Malcolm Turnbull said the coalition should follow Labor's lead to allow a conscience vote on the issue.