Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner on the parliament floor
Today, an Australian conservative politician proposed to his long-term partner on the floor of parliament, ahead of the passage of a measure for same sex couples to marry.
Liberal member of parliament Tim Wilson proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger in the capital of Canberra.
In his emotional speech as he proposed, Wilson said, “this debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship. In our first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, that they are the answer to the question we cannot ask. So there’s only one thing left to do – Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?” asked Wilson, who was formerly Australia’s human rights commissioner.
Bolger nodded YES!
Australians recently voted for same-sex marriage back 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.
Passage of the bill will make Australia the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage, a watershed for a country in which some states considered homosexual activity illegal until 1997