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# On the Record
An Australian politician proposed during a same-sex marriage debate and it was a lovely moment
“This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship.”

LAST MONTH, EMOTIONAL celebrations erupted around Australia as voters emphatically endorsed same-sex marriage via a non-binding postal survey.

Lawmakers immediately began making preparations to introduce a bill to formally legalise the vote, and one of those debates was taking place today in the House of Representatives.

It was there that MP Tim Wilson took his chance to propose to his partner Ryan Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery

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An emotional Wilson said:

“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.”

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As ABC Australia reports, the MP has been engaged to the school teacher for nine years and is reaffirming the engagement since it’s finally being legalised.

“In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands. They are the answer to the question we cannot ask.”

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“So there’s only one thing left to do; Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”

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The record now states that he got a resounding ‘yes’

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According to the SMH, “in all likelihood” it’s the first ever marriage proposal to be made on the floor of the Australian Parliament.

A lovely moment.

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