WATCH: Australian Lawmaker Proposes to Partner on Parliament Floor During Gay Marriage Debate


As the debate on same-sex marriage continues in Australia, a lawmaker added a personal element while discussing the bill on Parliament’s floor by proposing to his partner right then and there.

“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. There’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?” Said Representative Tim Wilson to his partner Ryan Bolger who was viewing the debate from balcony seating, as reported by Reuters.

Bolger nodded and mouthed the word “YES” to a thunderous applause from on-lookers.

While the couple are already wearing engagement rings, they chose now to make their decision public as they anticipate the passage of legislation that would recognize their partnership in the eyes of the law.

Gay marriage is expected to be legalized through Australia in the coming days as the country’s House of Representatives is orchestrating the remaining details to remove the marriage limitation. This bill was set up following a vote last month in which a majority of Australia’s voters called for across the board same-sex marriage.

The couple’s proposal received international praise as numerous outlets throughout the world picked up the feel-good story showing Australia’s progress on LGBTQ issues.

Watch above via Good Morning America.

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