Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has declared that he has changed his mind about gay marriage.
Reported first by CLEO magazine online, Rudd wrote on his own website last night that:
“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.
“I also believe that this change should legally exempt religious institutions from any requirement to change their historic position and practice that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.
The change is a somewhat surprising one from Rudd, who is a religious man and has previously been very conservative about the issue of same sex marriage.