9th August 2011
Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong released a statement that her long-term partner Sophie Allouache was expected to give birth in December after falling pregnant through IVF.
13th August 2011
The Sydney Morning Herald published the results of an opinion poll which asked: "Should same-sex marriages be recognised in Australia. Their pie chart showed 66.6% of respondents were in favour, saying YES; 28.3% said NO; 5.1% didn't know.
16th August 2011
Bob Katter, Independent MP, was one of several federal representatives, including Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce, who spoke at a rally organised by the Australian Christian Lobby and the Australian Family Association. The event was staged at Parliament House in Canberra to raise support for a campaign against marriage equality for same-sex partners. Katter auctioned off his cowboy hat, raising $2700 towards the campaign. "Truly this proposition deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed," he said.