Two out of three Rudds back gay nuptials, but sister says no

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

DINNER table discussions will continue to be robust when members of the Rudd household get together.

That won't change despite youngest brother Kevin - the former PM - having revealed publicly that he's changed his mind and now believes gay people should be allowed to legally marry.

The views put Mr Rudd at odds with his only sister, Loree, who cancelled her Labor Party membership two years ago in protest over the party's acceptance of same-sex marriage.

"With all respect, I disagree with my wonderful young brother," Miss Rudd said from her Nambour home last night.

"I love him dearly, and nothing I will say will surprise him I'm sure.

"And I don't think Tony Abbott or anyone else who has a conviction, a Christian conviction that is informed on the words of Jesus on the sacredness on the covenant of marriage, should budge one inch, no matter how the peer pressure is applied in the current political climate so close to an election."

Mr Rudd grew up in Nambour with Loree and his two older brothers, Greg and Malcolm.

His changed views, however, now do align with those of Greg, a former senior Labor Government ministerial chief-of-staff and political lobbyist who is now campaigning as an independent for a Queensland senate seat.

"I'm a firm believer that people are born gay just like others are born straight - it's just the luck of the draw," Greg said.

"Everyone is entitled to live their life as we would like to live our life."

Greg and Loree noted that debate was encouraged in the Rudd household, and differing views were respected.

Eldest brother Malcolm declined politely to add to the discussions.

"The four of us, when we get together through the years, we have had lots of discussions on a lot of issues," Greg said.

"Some things we agree on, some things we don't - but we always respect each other."

The focus on the Rudd family comes after Kevin wrote in a blog on his website that he believed the church and state were able to take different positions on same sex marriage.

His view changed recently when he spoke to a former staff member who confessed he was gay. He told Mr Rudd he hoped to marry one day.

"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," Kevin wrote.

However, Miss Rudd suggested his views had come about partially by peer pressure in the lead-up to the next election.

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