Australian prime minister Rudd defends gay marriage
CANBERRA (AP) - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has mounted a spirited defense of same-sex marriage only days out from Australian elections.
Mr Rudd announced in May that he had reconsidered his opposition to same-sex marriage, and he promised to hold a Parliamentary vote on allowing gay couples to marry within 100 days if his center-left Labor Party wins the election.
Mr Rudd was questioned about his new stance at a nationally broadcast forum in his hometown of Brisbane late Monday by New Hope Church Pastor Matt Prater. Mr Pratt quoted from the Bible a definition of marriage as a man leaving his father and mother to be united to his wife.
Mr Rudd replied that human and social conditions change.