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.
The House of Representatives has been working on settling the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia before the end of the year.