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Australian prime minister defends gay marriage

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has mounted a spirited defense of his support for gay marriage only days out from Australian elections.

Rudd, a Roman Catholic who regularly attends church, announced in May that he had reconsidered his opposition to same-sex marriage. He promised a bill to create gay marriage in Australia would be voted on in Parliament within 100 days if his center-left Labor Party wins elections on Saturday.

Rudd was questioned about his new stance at a nationally broadcast forum in his hometown of Brisbane late Monday by New Hope Church Pastor Matt Prater. Pratt quoted from the Bible a definition of marriage as a man leaving his father and mother to be united to his wife.

Rudd replied "the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition."

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