September 16, 2020
In a world where we are still debating about same-sex marriage and fighting for our basic rights, Tim Wilson popped the question to his partner while debating about the legalization of same sex marriage in Australia.
Wilson, a member of the centre-right Liberal government, is one of a handful of gay politicians in Australia’s upper house. The long-awaited debate comes after a national survey on the issue returned a “yes” vote last month. The parliament is now expected to legalise same-sex marriage before Christmas, or hopefully by by the end of this week.
The proposal was made at the end of Wilson’s speech, when he turned to thank Bolger, who was sitting with marriage equality advocates in the public gallery, for his support.
This beautiful moment will forever be etched in the world’s history as the nation’s first parliamentary proposal and is now recorded for posterity in Hansard, Australia’s record of parliamentary proceedings.
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) December 4, 2017
WILSON: “You have had to tolerate more than most because you have had to put up with me. Trust me! This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship. We both know this issue isn’t the reason we got involved in politics — give us tax reform any day. But in my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands. And that they are the answer to the question we cannot ask. So there’s only one thing left to do. Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”
WILSON: “We’ll chuck that in the memoirs and the Hansard.”
DEPUTY SPEAKER ROB MITCHELL: “I should let Hansard note that was a yes — congratulations.”
WILSON: “Thank you speaker.”
MITCHELL: “Well done mate.”