Kevin Rudd says he won’t force his same-sex marriage views on the public with a referendum

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.

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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.

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