Kevin Rudd defends gay marriage position. “It is how people are built.”
A Q & A question on gay marriage fires up Kevin Rudd in the final week of the campaign.
Rudd was asked about changing his position on gay marriage by a Christian Pastor, who referenced the bible as stating homosexuality was wrong in the eyes of God.
But the Prime Minister was having none of it.
“I do not believe people when they are born choose their sexuality,” Rudd said.
“You don’t decide at some later stage in life to be one thing or the other. It is how people are built. Therefore, the idea this is somehow an abnormal condition is just wrong. I don’t get that. I think that is just a complete ill-founded view.
“If you accept it to be natural and normal to be gay then it follows that I don’t think it is right that these two folk here who are in love with each other and are of the same gender, should be denied the opportunity for legal recognition of the duration of their relationship by having marriage equality.”
When the Pastor told Rudd that he followed the bible’s teaching and questioned why Rudd did not, the PM’s answer was frank and to the point.
“Mate if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition,” Rudd replied.
“For goodness sake, human condition and social conditions change. What is the fundamental principle of the New Testament? It is one of universal love.
“If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, then frankly I cannot agree with you based on any element of the science. If a person’s sexuality is as they are made, you have to ask the second question – should, therefore, their loving relationships be legally recognised and the conclusion I have reached is they should.”
On Twitter last night he attracted plenty of support for his position:
My favourite moment of tonight’s #QandA: @KRuddMP passionately responded to the bigoted Pastor’s question.
That, Grasshopper, is called a profoundly special moment in Australian politics. #qanda
That Pastor has just been boiled to al denté #qanda jx
#qanda Rudd slamming bigoted pastor. Great to see.
Now that was a prime ministerial moment. Finally. #qanda
Fantastic to see @KRuddMP get so passionate in his belief of gay marriage on #qanda
Good performance by @KRuddMP on #qanda tonight. Religious fundamentalism has no place in Australia. #auspol
With youth suicide highest amongst LGBTI @KRuddMP ‘s BRILLIANT speech on #QandA means so much!
Kevin Rudd defending marriage equality. So proud to be in the room to witness it #qanda
My dad and I just watched @KRuddMP’s response on gay marriage on #qanda and we were both mightily impressed.
Rudd also reiterated the importance of having an independent ABC in the Australian media.
Q & A has an open invitation to Tony Abbott to appear any night this week he so chooses.