Herald Sun 26 August 2013
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has declared he is not going to “ram” his views on same-sex marriage “down the throats” of others by allowing a referendum on the matter if he is re-elected.
When asked on triple J’s Hack tonight why he would not promise a binding vote if he was “really serious” about marriage equality, Mr Rudd said he would not force his views on “questions such as this” on people who don’t share them.
Mr Rudd promised at this month’s leadership debate that a bill on gay marriage would come before parliament within 100 days if Labor won another term. His party would be allowed a conscience vote.
The Prime Minister urged Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to make the same promise.