During Debate on Gay Marriage, a Proposal

Australian MP proposes to his partner during same-sex marriage debate in parliament

Liberal MP Tim Wilson proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger in an emotional speech in the House of Representatives on Monday morning.

"In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands", Mr Wilson said, reports the ABC.

In Tuesday evening's debate the shadow assistant minister for schools, Andrew Giles, said he was offended by the self-congratulatory tone of government MPs' speeches crediting the postal survey for the result. We both know this issue isn't the reason we got involved in politics... but 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 the questions we can not ask'. Give us tax reform any day.

"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 can not ask", Wilson says.

Wilson's voice then cracked with emotion as he asked: 'Ryan Patrick Bolger - will you marry me?'

Bolger, beaming from ear to ear, replied: 'Yes'.

"Congratulations. Well done, mate", he said.

Mr Wilson, Australia's former human rights commissioner, has been engaged to Mr Bolger for nine years but the couple have not married because of Australian law.

Passage of the bill will make Australia the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage, a watershed for a country in which some states considered homosexual activity illegal until 1997.

Australia's federal parliamentarians are being urged to say "yes" to the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, with no major adjustment to the proposed law that passed through the senate last week. They were also the first couple in the House's history to ever propose in the chamber.

'Always with an eye to the future, the Member for Kooyong [Josh Frydenberg] and his wife Amy sent flowers, ' Wilson said. Turnbull told Parliament that while nothing in the bill threatened religious freedoms, he wanted more reassurances for the millions of Australians who oppose marriage equality.

We hope Wilson and Bolger will now throw an absolutely massive party to celebrate in style.

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