16th July 2011
KEVIN Rudd’s sister has refused to apologise for describing a movement promoting same-sex marriage as a “global gay Gestapo”.
Loree Rudd, a divorced 60-year-old nurse who lives at Nambour, said she expected people would be offended by her opposition to gay marriage.
Homosexual lobby groups and the Anti-Defamation Commission have called for the Foreign Minister’s sister to apologise for her “anti-gay remark”.
“Some of the vitriol that was aimed at my comments was exactly what I was talking about,” Ms Rudd said.
“A lot of people, in fact thousands of people, who live very quietly are probably happy to have a discussion about issues like this (gay marriage).
“But why would they, because they get shot down in flames and called all kinds of dreadful names because they gave their opinion.
“That has been the trend … people back down and say not only that they retract their words but that they actually endorse the movement.
“That was the force of the intimidation I saw.
“That’s why I use the word Gestapo … (to describe) a force that intimidates and that people are afraid to stand up against.”
Ms Rudd spoke publicly this week against gay marriage and said she would quit Labor if it backed reform to marriage laws at the party’s national conference later this year.
She said her views were “very much based on a biblical tradition and a respect for the values and the institution that has served us well for so many years”.
Ms Rudd said her opinions had not been endorsed or opposed by her brother.
Four state ALP conferences have endorsed changes to legalise same-sex marriage.
NSW Labor last week refused to back the proposal and referred the issue to the national conference.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Ms Rudd’s brother have both said they did not support plans to change the marriage act.