Prime Minister Julia Gillard, an opponent of marriage equality, hosted a dinner for two lesbian couples and a pair of gay men after an Australian activist group won a charity auction. GetUp! paid $33,270 for the dinner during a bidding war against a Christian lobby group. The couples used the meal at Gillard’s official residence to lobby the prime minister to allow gay marriage. “We all got the impression that her opposition was not immovable,” said a spokesperson for Australian Marriage Equality. This gives proponents of marriage equality hope for progress.