Australian Member of Parliament Tim Wilson proposed to his longtime partner Ryan Patrick Bolger while on the House floor debating legalizing same-sex marriage.
While urging his colleagues to approve the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill of 2017, Wilson got personal by saying that the same-sex debate has been “the soundtrack to our relationship.” The couple has been engaged for nine years.
“In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we cannot ask,” Wilson says. “There’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”
Bolger, who was seated in the gallery, responded with a big smile and a nodded “yes” to the applause of the group.
Deputy Speaker Rob Mitchell makes sure the proposal is put on the official transcript by saying “that was a yes, a resounding yes.”
The Australian House of Representatives noted on Twitter that Wilson appears to be the first member to propose on the House floor.
— Australian House of Representatives (@AboutTheHouse) December 4, 2017
— Nick Haggarty (@NickHaggarty) November 15, 2017
The House of Representatives has been working on settling the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia before the end of the year.