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Gay Australia lawmaker proposes to partner in parliament during same-sex marriage debate

By Alexis Bell 8:30 AM December 5, 2017
Tim Wilson and Ryan Bolger

A lawmaker in Australia proposed to his longtime boyfriend in front of his colleagues in parliament.

37-year-old Tim Wilson from the ruling Liberal Party was speaking about the bill that was introduced, which would legalize same-sex marriages in the country.

Wilson has reportedly been together with 33-year-old primary school teacher Ryan Bolger for 7 years, and they gave each other rings as a commitment to each other, but they were unable to get married because gay marriage is illegal in the country.

Wilson spoke on the topic of gay marriage in the House of Representatives during the debate and toward the end of his speech, he popped the question to his partner.

“So there is only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger will you marry me?” He asked.

When Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery, smiled and answered “yes,” the chamber erupted in applause.

House speaker Rob Mitchell said: “that was a ‘yes’, a resounding ‘yes.’ Congratulations, partner well done.”

After more than a decade of debate, Australians endorsed gay marriage in a recent nationwide vote.