(AP) — An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country.
Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.
“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,” an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament last year.
“There’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?” Wilson added to applause.
The 33-year-old primary school teacher responded “yes,” which was recorded in the official parliamentary record.
The House of Representatives is holding its final two-week session of the year, which is giving priority to lifting the ban on same-sex marriage on Australia. The major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian’s endorsed change in a postal ballot last month.