Australian Politician Proposes To Partner Amid Same-Sex Marriage Debate In Parliament


Australians overwhelmingly voted for same-sex marriage in a postal vote in September and a marriage equality bill that passed the senate last week is being debated in the lower house, where it is expected to pass this week.

Tim Wilson, an openly gay member of Australia's Parliament, proposed to his partner while making a speech on the House floor during a final debate on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

The bill was introduced by Liberal MP Warren Entsch, a long-time advocate for same-sex marriage.

"This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship", Wilson said, paying tribute to Bolger, a school teacher. We both know this issue isn't the reason we got involved in politics - give us tax reform any day.

In his maiden speech to parliament, Mr Wilson became emotional when speaking about Mr Bolger. People ignored messages or changed the topic of conversation.

Wilson held back tears as he looked up to the public gallery, where Ryan Bolger was sitting, and said: "There's only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?".

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Wilson said the couple considered themselves engaged, and that wearing rings on their left hands were their answers to "a question that they once could not ask".

'For seven years, a ring has sat on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we still can not ask, ' he said at the time. "Thankfully the answer was yes", he said.

"I should let Hansard note to record that that was a "yes" - a resounding yes".

Here's the moment, courtesy of the ABC.

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