“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. For me, this change in position has come about as a result of a lot of reflection, over a long period of time, including conversations with good people grappling with deep questions of life, sexuality and faith.” – Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, writing on his personal site.
Rudd was Prime Minister from late 2007 until June 2010, then spent two years as Foreign Minister in the cabinet of current Pride Minister Julia Gillard. He is presently a member of Parliament.