Gay Politician Proposes at Australia's Final Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Gay Politician Proposes at Australia's Final Same-Sex Marriage Debate

At a same-sex marriage debate in Australia today, Member of Parliament Tim Wilson asked perhaps the most important question: if his longtime partner Ryan Bolger, seated in the gallery, would marry him.

He went on to say: "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 can not ask". "So there's only one thing left to do".

"For a while, Ryan kept pushing for an engagement party but the truth was I kept delaying it, perhaps wrongly, because the strong message I took from so many people's silence was no-one would come", he said.

Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery, quickly responded "yes" as the floor erupted in applause. The debate on the bill is expected to wrap up by Wednesday or Thursday and pass easily.

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Deputy Speaker Rob Mitchell congratulated the couple and had it noted in the record, that Bolger answered with "a resounding yes". "Congratulations, well done mate".

Australia's long road to marriage equality is nearly, almost at an end, with the bill to legalise same-sex marriage set to be passed in the House of Representatives early this week.

In September, Australians overwhelmingly voted for same-sex marriage in a postal vote. He proposed to his partner just moments after a bill was passed legalizing same-sex marriages in Australia.

Earlier this year, about 80% of eligible voters participated in the voluntary survey - a turnout larger than for the Brexit vote and Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum. "We love you, we respect you, your relationship is recognised by the Commonwealth as legitimate and honourable as anybody else's".

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