In a heartwarming incident a lawmaker from Australia’s conservative ruling party proposed to his gay partner on Monday in the Parliament. He proposed to his partner just moments after a bill was passed legalizing same-sex marriages in Australia. The lawmaker is Tim Wilson who proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger in the Parliament. The two have been together and reportedly engaged for nine years. Tim Wilson fought back tears while addressing the parliament and thanked his fiancé for enduring a marriage debate debate that “has been the soundtrack to our relationship”. A video that was shared on Facebook shows the lawmaker saying, “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. So there is only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger will you marry me?”
Tim Wilson’s partner Ryan Bolger who was sitting in the public gallery quickly responded “yes” to a tumultuous applause from the house. The house speaker Rob Mitchell noted the affirmation and said, “That was a ‘yes’, a resounding ‘yes’. Congratulations.” Australia had not legalized same-sex marriage before but now a bill is being debated which is expected to easily pass through the House of Representatives before Christmas. The upper house Senate already passed the bill last week.
Watch the heartwarming video here:
Australians endorsed gay marriage in a nationwide postal vote held recently after almost a decade of debate. Some 62 percent people voted in the favour of the bill out of the 12.7 million who took part in the voting process last month.