Australian Lawmaker Proposes to Partner During Marriage Equality Debate

HeadlineDec 04, 2017

And Australia’s Parliament is putting the finishing touches on a marriage equality bill, after a sizable majority of Australians voted in favor of ending heterosexual-only marriage in a public referendum last month. As debate opened in Australia’s House of Representatives today, Member of Parliament Tim Wilson addressed his partner, Ryan Bolger, who was sitting in the chamber’s gallery.

MP Tim Wilson: “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 questions we cannot ask. So there’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”

Ryan Patrick Bolger: “Yes!”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop