In case you missed it, a gay-marriage referendum has been under way in the land down under since early August of this year. More than 61 percent of Australians eligible to vote—including these very-famous, very-attractive Aussies—voiced support for a bill to allow same-sex couples to wed, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The country's reaction? Well, just check out the photo above. Now, Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old member of the Liberal Party, was speaking on behalf of that very bill today, December 4, in the House of Representatives, when he got a little personal with his politics.
An emotional Wilson turned to his longtime partner, Ryan Bolger, a 33-year-old schoolteacher, and proposed—right there on the House floor!
Th same-sex-marriage debate has been “the soundtrack to our relationship,” Wilson said during his speech, looking at Bolger directly. “We both know this issue isn’t the reason we got involved in politics; give us tax reform any day,” he joked, while his eyes began brimming with tears. His voice betrayed him a little as he continued, “But in my first speech, I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we cannot ask.”
(This heartbreaker of a line refers to a speech Wilson gave last year to Parliament, according to the Associated Press.)
Pink in the face, Wilson then gave the room a tired shrug—one that barely suggested the exhaustion that he and Bolger must feel, not to mention the countless other same-sex Australian couples who've been fighting for their right to love in the eyes of the law for so long—and said, “So there’s only one thing left to do....Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?”
While Wilson was extremely misty-eyed at this point, Bolger was all smiles as he said yes, and the surrounding politicians laughed and applauded.
And the happy ending just gets happier: The legislation to remove the ban on same-sex marriage is expected to pass in the House easily, after the Senate voted 43 to 12 last week in the bill's favor, reports The Washington Post.
“This is an overwhelming call for marriage equality,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. ”The people of Australia have spoken, and I intend to make their wish the law of the land by Christmas.”
I'm sure Wilson and Bolger would agree, that's the best holiday gift they could ask for this year—and then maybe the tax reform.