Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defends homosexuality as a Christian in the
A video of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd powerfully defending homosexuality to a Christian pastor has gone viral.
Rudd was asked about his changing position on same-sex marriage by Matt Prater, a pastor from Brisbane, during a television Q&A on ABC News, ahead of this weekend’s elections in Australia.
Prater asked how Rudd could call himself a Christian if he didn’t believe the Bible’s position on homosexuality.
“Mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is the natural condition,” said Rudd.
He explained that by obsessing about this issue people are “missing the centrality of what the gospel, whether you call it a social gospel, a personal gospel or a spiritual gospel, is all about,” which he said, according to the New Testament, is “one of universal love”.
He went on to say: “If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, then frankly I cannot agree with you based on any element of the science”.
Rudd further explained that his recent support for same-sex marriage rights “was the product of some many many months and years of reflection – in good Christian conscience”.
His comments were met with a round of applause from the audience. The video has been viewed almost two and half millions times.
Pastor Prater later told The Chronicle that Rudd’s comments had not moved him. “It certainly won’t change my view,” he said. “I have a pretty clear view of what I’ve read in the Bible.
Rudd, who is lagging in the polls, previously opposed marriage equality, but in May he revealed in a blog post that he had changed his mind and was now in support of legalising civil gay marriages.
“I have come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage. I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage,” he wrote.
Watch Rudd’s inspiring answer to Pastor Matt Prater below.