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Australian Politician Proposes To Boyfriend During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Tim Wilson made history by being the first member of Parliament to ever propose in the chamber.

While lawmakers in Australia’s House of Representatives met to debate the legalization of same-sex marriage on Monday, member Tim Wilson used the opportunity to propose to his longtime boyfriend, Ryan Bolger.

The liberal member of Parliament gave a speech detailing the struggles that he and Bolger faced as a same-sex couple while Australia has been fighting to secure marriage equality.

“This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship,” Wilson said.

The 37-year-old noted that the couple already wear rings on their left hands to symbolize being engaged, but that current Australian law made a proper proposal irrelevant. But after the nation’s postal survey swung in favor of marriage equality, the politician now has hope for the future.

“So there’s only one thing left to do,” Wilson said before turning to the public gallery where his partner was sitting. “Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”

Bolger nodded yes with a big smile as the chamber burst into cheers and applause. Deputy Speaker Rob Mitchell made sure the moment was in the official transcripts so that it would be recorded in history.

“I should let Hansard note to record that that was a ’yes’—a resounding yes,” Mitchell said. “Congratulations.”

Australia’s same-sex marriage bill passed through the Senate last week and is expected to pass in the House of Representatives by the end of the week.

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