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Rudd's Support Angers ACL and Pleases AME

Kevin RuddThe shift in former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s stance in favour of  marriage equality has generated both praise from Australian Marriage Equality and condemnation from the Australian Christian Lobby.

A statement released from the ACL alluded to Rudd’s stance as un-Christian, with claims that his changing views will develop a new ‘stolen generation’.

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“What Mr Rudd has not considered is whether or not it is right for children to be taken through technology from their biological parent so that ‘married’ same-sex couples can fulfill their desires”, said ACL managing director, Lyle Shelton.

“His views on homosexuality and changing the definition of marriage are not in line with orthodox Christian teaching.”

Shelton claimed that Rudd’s changing views are also aimed at defying Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“If this is an attempt to wedge Julia Gillard, it will cost Mr Rudd the last of his following in the Christian Constituency”.

On the other side of the fence, marriage equality advocates have welcomed the development.

“Kevin Rudd is an immensely influential figure who will inspire others to support marriage equality both in parliament and across the community”, said Rodney Croome, the National Convenor for Australian Marriage Equality.

Croome discussed how Rudd can stand as an example of faith and diverse sexuality working in unity.

 “As one of Australia’s most prominent Christians, Mr Rudd’s message to other people of faith is that they can support marriage equality not despite their faith but because of it.”

“If Mr Rudd can evolve on marriage equality so can Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.”

Rudd’s blog – that details why his stance has changed – discusses a conversation with a gay colleague, one that helped develop his new stance.

“Mr Rudd’s change of heart is a reminder that marriage equality is a deeply personal issue about love, family and faith, and it is from this level that change will ultimately come”, said Croome.  

“I urge all supporters of marriage equality to keep telling their personal stories about why marriage equality matters”.

Nadine Walker

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