Lawmaker Proposes To Gay Partner In House
History was made in the Australian parliament on Monday after a gay lawmaker popped the question to his partner.
It was the first ever proposal in the chamber coming shortly after a bill paving the way for same-sex marriage was introduced.
Tim Wilson, who has reportedly been engaged to Ryan Bolger for nine years, fought back tears as he thanked his fiance for enduring a marriage debate that “has been the soundtrack to our relationship.”
“In my first speech, I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands — that they are the answer to the questions we cannot ask,” the 37-year-old lawmaker from the ruling conservative party said.
“So, there is only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”
Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery, quickly responded “yes” as the floor erupted in applause.
“That was a ‘yes’, a resounding ‘yes’,” House Speaker Rob Mitchell noted for the record. “Congratulations, well done mate.”
The Australian House of Representatives official Twitter account confirmed later that after reviewing past records, Wilson’s proposal was likely the first ever in that chamber of Parliament.
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