Rudd and pastor clash on TV over gay marriage
Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (pictured) and a devout Christian, stared down a pastor on live television and cited scripture while delivering a stirring defence of gay marriage, writes Jonathan Pearlman.
Mr Rudd declared that "people don't choose their sexuality" and said if the Bible was taken literally, slavery would still be legal.
His impassioned defence of his decision to support same-sex marriage came in response to a Christian pastor who asked on an ABC TV chat show featuring audience questions: "Kevin, if you call yourself a Christian, why don't you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?"
Mr Rudd responded: "Well mate if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition."