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Australian Prime Minister defends same-sex marriage

Monday, September 2, 2013

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, appearing Monday on an Australian national political program “Questions & Answers,” defended his support for marriage equality in a spirited exchange in which he went toe-to-toe with a local pastor on the Biblical definition of marriage.

Kevin Rudd

Rudd was responding to a question by New Hope Church Pastor Matt Prater, who asked how the prime minister could support same-sex marriage when the “the bible states marriage is between a man and a woman.”

“The Bible also says slavery is a natural condition. St. Paul said in the New Testament, ‘slaves be obedient to your masters,’” Rudd answered, to applause from the audience.

“What is the fundamental condition of the New Testament? It is one of love. If we get obsessed of the definition through a form of sexuality, you are missing what the gospel is all about,” Rudd said.

Rudd has said his decision to support same-sex marriage was made after “years of reflection in good Christian conscience,” and with the knowledge that people are born gay.

He has vowed to introduce marriage equality legislation within 100 days if re-elected, becoming the first Australian leader to make such a promise.

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Same-sex marriage is a point of difference between Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott, whose conservative coalition is favorite to win Saturday’s elections after six years out of power.

Abbott remains staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage, despite his lesbian sister Christine Forster endorsing marriage equality.

He said Tuesday that Australians should not expect a vote on gay marriage in the next three-year term of Parliament after the weekend election.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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18 more reader comments:

  1. This is awesome! Everyone deserves equality!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:24am
  2. yes….of course…..Australia rocks it.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:25am
  3. Then why is same sex marriage still illegal in Australia??

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:42am
  4. Everybody click on the share bit where it shows who has shared the pic and check out Al Lyman Harrings share… shocking attitude!!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:52am
  5. This deserves a “Love” button. Calm, rational discourse.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:53am
  6. Good for Rudd.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:54am
  7. That was a great speech!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:54am
  8. why would you choose to abandon the words of the bible? the bible also says slavery is a natural condition “everyone cheers” i’m so happy this guy is stickin up for us

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:18am
  9. Very good explaination.love this guy

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:28am
  10. bravo…a real christian!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:49am
  11. Good for him i`m glad that he has change his mine and yes it was a great speech

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:00am
  12. Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:36am
  13. Did you know that in Australia they have a law that says that if you have created a life with property, ect… with somebody else that you are by default married. If you ever split this relationship you have to go through a formal divorce and everything! Just like purposefully married people. There are efforts to find out if this applies to polyamorous people! It is very very exciting!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 3:45am
  14. This has nothing to do with religion. Don’t ruin this.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 3:48am
  15. Actually, the same-sex marriage debate has everything to do with religion. If there are secular people who have objections to same-sex marriage, they don’t really have ground to stand on. All the science and research has proven that homosexuality is as natural and valid as heterosexuality, and to deny the right of homosexuals to be in romantic relationships with people of the same gender causes mental and emotional anguish. The ONLY reason same-sex marriage is in debate is for religious reasons! If you try to argue against it for reasons outside of religious feelings, it basically boils down to “gays are icky!” That means you’re just a bigot. Adding the bible or the Qu’ran just makes you a religious bigot.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:05pm
  16. Intelligence across the waters of our planet.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 2:27pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 5:47pm
  18. @Kyle – Kevin Rudd hasn’t had an opportunity to pass a same-sex marriage bill in the short time since Julia Gillard was dumped. Parliament doesn’t sit during the month prior to an election and even if it did you’d need both the house of reps and the senate to sit.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:13am