In a Q&A appearance on Australian television, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended his support of same-sex marriage after a local pastor challenged him to measure his views against the Biblical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
Responding to the comment, Keven Rudd said: “The Bible also says slavery is a natural condition – Saint Paul said in the New Testament, ‘slaves be obedient to your masters’.”
After applause from the audience, he added: “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.”
He said his decision to back marriage equality was made after “years of reflection in good Christian conscience.”
His challenger, Liberal Party leader Tony Abbot remains opposed to marriage equality.
He said: “My policy’s pretty simple, that in modern Australia, neither sexism nor racism nor homophobia has any place whatsoever.”