It Gets Better, Mate

While we’re celebrating Blessed Events, meet Sophie Allouache and Penny Wong. Sophie’s due in December, and Penny’s delighted. “Like any expecting parents, the prospect of welcoming this child into our lives fills us both with joy,” she says.

And while Australia has yet to approve gay marriage, best wishes are being offered by such notables as Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Treasurer Wayne Swan, and even Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, although the NSW Christian Democrats leader would prefer they keep the news to themselves.

Why the high-profile attention? Seems Penny is Australia’s Finance Minister. And we’re having a very difficult time imagining similar news being greeted so gingerly here.

Finance Minister Penny Wong and partner are to have IVF baby [The Australian, via CheapBoy]

Is this the same woman who was meowed at during a legislative hearing not too long ago?

Right, senator from Tasmania. And they wonder where the Tasmania jokes come from.

Is the PM a lesbian? Do they have big make-out sessions after cabinet meetings? Is all that on C-SPAN?

Yes it was her that got cat-called as they say. You could hear the “death look” she gave the cat-caller when she called the biatch out on it. She has a rather nice voice.

And don’t they make a lovely couple!

@FlyingChainSaw: No, but her de-facto husband is a hairdresser. Make of that what you will.

Parliament is only broadcast on radio here (News radio), but there are cameras in both houses which the media has access to.

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