Australia's lesbian Finance Minister, Penny Wong, has publicly
announced the birth of her and her partner's first child.
Wong and partner Sophie Allouache have welcomed a baby girl called
"This is a life-changing experience," said the 43-year-old
Senator. "She's wonderful, just wonderful."
The child was born at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital
just days after Wong rallied for gay marriage at the annual Labor
The baby, weighing in at 7.1lbs, was conceived from a donor known
to the couple, but he will not be identified.
"The PM's given me a bit of leave, so I'm going to take time off"
she told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
"Hopefully we can get the important things in life, like feeding
and nappy changing and sleeping under control."
He told the Australian Broadcasting Commission that the refusal
came about because of a misunderstanding on the part of the school
principal and parish priest as to the church's position on the
Mr Trevor Rynne, principal of the Sacred Heart school, confirmed
the young girl had been rejected because of her parents'
relationship, but he declined to comment further.
NSW politician John Kaye, from the Greens party, said the school's
action had been offensive and indefensible.