A GAY AUSTRALIAN lawmaker popped the question to his partner in parliament today, with the first ever proposal in the chamber coming shortly after a bill paving the way for same-sex marriage was introduced.
Tim Wilson, who has reportedly been engaged to Ryan Bolger for nine years, fought back tears as he thanked his fiance for enduring a marriage debate that “has been the soundtrack to our relationship”.
“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 cannot ask,” the 37-year-old lawmaker from the ruling conservative party said.
“So there is only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger will you marry me?”
Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery, quickly responded “yes” as the floor erupted in applause.
“That was a yes, a resounding yes,” house speaker Rob Mitchell noted for the …