United States President 2001-2009
The amendment [to the constitution to ban gay marriage] should fully protect [heterosexual] marriage, while leaving the state legislatures free to make their own choices in defining legal arrangements other than marriage.
Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010
...marriage is between a man and a woman. And I made that commitment before the last election. We will honour that commitment. We support the removal of discrimination from same sex couples and from de-facto heterosexual couples when it comes to basic, basic arrangements in terms of tax, superannuation and the rest, and also a nationally consistent relationships register. But [...] civil unions mean the effective amendment of the marriage act, and that is something we don’t support.
Prime Minister, Australia
We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples.