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Monday, September 2, 2013

Australian PM Defends Same-Sex Marriage

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, now in the middle of an election campaign for Australia's parliament, gives a rousing rebuke to a Christian pastor and radio show host on the issue of his support for same-sex marriage, which he says is based on years of reflection and "in good Christian conscience," saying:
I do not believe people choose their sexuality; they are gay if they are born gay.  It is how people are built, and therefore the idea that this is somehow an abnormal condition is wrong . . . .  If you accept it is natural and normal to be gay, then it follows from that . . . people should not be denied the opportunity for legal recognition . . . of their relationship.

Rudd was raised Catholic and attends Anglican services with his wife, but has never formally renounced Catholicism. Liberal Party opposition leader Tony Abbott, a staunch Catholic, believes marriage should be restricted to a man and a woman. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, an atheist, ousted by Rudd in a Labor party revolt last June, also firmly opposed same-sex marriage.

Parliament rejected a same-sex marriage bill by large majorities in 2012, but Rudd has promised, if a Labor government is returned to Parliament, to introduce a new same-sex marriage bill within the first hundred days. The election will be held on September 7.


Tim said...

Strewth... a politician talking sense!

Taliesin said...

Galliard supported same sex marriage!

Taliesin said...


Russ Manley said...

You might want to put your research skills to work on that idea, Taliesen. The Sidney Morning Herald, June 30, 2010:

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she does not support legalising gay marriage in Australia.

Labor policy on gay marriage will remain the same under her prime ministership, Ms Gillard told Austereo show today.

"We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples," Ms Gillard said.

Asked if that was also her personal view, Ms Gillard said it was.

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Taliesin said...

Whoops! You are absolutely correct, and I stepped in it. What could I have been thinking? Thanks for the correction.

Russ Manley said...

No problem.

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