Australian MP Tim proposes partner in Parliament

Australian MP Tim proposes partner in Parliament

Australian MP Tim proposes partner in Parliament

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.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott, a fierce no campaigner, flagged amendments to the bill, but said he will be voting in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

During a debate about Australia's bill to legalise gay marriage, Liberal MP Tim Wilson took the opportunity to ask his boyfriend, who was watching from the balcony above, to marry him.

"This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship", recounted Wilson, in an emotional speech on their struggles as a gay couple, which was delivered Monday on the floor of the House of Representatives. "We both know this isn't the reason we got involved in poilitics". People ignored messages or changed the topic of conversation.

Said Wilson: "The person I have to thank most is my partner Ryan".

Earlier in his speech, Wilson recalled when he had first presented Bolger with the rings that the pair has worn on their left hands for seven years.

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He then looked over to Bolger: "Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?"

'For seven years, a ring has sat on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we still can not ask, ' he said at the time.

Thankfully, Bolger said "yes" - and later admitted he wasn't expecting it.

Bolger nodded and mouthed the word "YES" to a thunderous applause from on-lookers.

Rob Mitchell, the deputy speaker, had the remarks committed to the official record, making it the first time a marriage proposal occurred in the chamber.

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