‘Well Done Mate’: Australian Lawmaker Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Australian Member of Parliament Tim Wilson seems to have become the first lawmaker to propose from the House floor, asking his longtime partner Ryan Bolger (who was seated in the gallery) to marry him as the chamber debated legalizing same-sex marriage.

Wilson said that Australia’s debate over same-sex marriage “has been the soundtrack to our relationship,” and that with Parliament moving to codify a change that was approved in a public referendum, “there’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”

Bolger — who later said via social media, “Well… That was a surprise!” — nodded his acceptance of the proposal.

After entering the exchange into the official record, the Deputy Speaker of the House told Wilson, “Congratulations; well done mate.”

The Australian House of Representatives says that after looking at its Hansard archives, it can’t find a case of another member proposing marriage from the House floor.

Wilson made his proposal toward the end of a speech urging his colleagues to adopt the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill of 2017.

After going over the convoluted political process that has brought the legislation to bear and the social impact it would have, he added, “There’s no point pretending that this isn’t deeply personal.”

In his speech, Wilson spoke of the silence and uncertainty he and thousands of

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/04/568271761/well-done-mate-australian-lawmaker-proposes-during-same-sex-marriage-debate

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