Marriage equality is still a hot debate in Australia. After winning the popular vote, the discussion moved on to the Australian Senate, who passed the marriage equality bill 43-12. From there, it made it’s way to the final stop, the House of Representatives, where it is currently being voted on.

The topic of the debate came to life when Liberal MP Tim Wilson used his vote to publicly propose to his boyfriend.

“This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship,” Wilson shared from the podium. “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. They are the answers to the questions we cannot ask. So there’s only one thing left to do…”

Wilson then asks his partner, Ryan Bolger, to marry him. Bolger, who smiled and said “yes” as he watched from the chamber. Deputy speaker Rob Mitchell congratulated the newly engaged couple, confirming that Bolger’s resounding “yes” made the record.


Featured image from ABC News of Dean Smith, who introduced the marriage equality bill to the Senate, as he congratulations Wilson on his engagement

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