Kevin Rudd reaffirms support for marriage equality on Q&A
Appearing on ABC's Q&A last night, the PM Kevin Rudd again affirmed his commitment to marriage equality when challenged by a church pastor.
The pastor, Matt Prater, suggested many Christians were against gay marriage and it was costing Rudd votes. He also wondered how Rudd could be Christian and accept gay marriage?
Siad Prater: "I’m a pastor of a local church. And I work in Christian radio. From what I’m hearing, most Christians I connect with are voting against you, because they are disillusioned and because you appear to be chopping and changing your beliefs to get votes, with regards to things like marriage. Why should we vote for you?
When Prater went on to suggest the bible said marriage was with a man and a woman and why didnt Rudd want to obey the word of the Lord, and how could he call himself a Christian, Rudd replied with some vehemenence:
"Well, mate if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition."
The remark caused an outburst of spontaneous applause from the audience.
Rudd went on to say: "Saint Paul said in the New Testament, 'slaves be obedient to your masters'.
"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."
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome said Rudd's response was unprecedented and urged Christian voters to consider this when taking to the polls.
"It is unprecedented in Australian history for a Prime Minister to give such a strong defence of equality for gay people, and it was made all the more compelling because it was from a Christian perspective.
"Mr Rudd gave a moral and spiritual urgency to marriage equality that will resonate with many Australians, including many Australians Christians, and which marks a historic moment in the debate."
"I urge Australians of faith who support marriage equality to follow Mr Rudd's example and engage their co-religionists in a discussion about why marriage equality matters."
Watch Rudd's response below