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World Australian MP proposes in parliament

05:50  04 december  2017
05:50  04 december  2017 Source:   bbc.com

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Tim Wilson proposes to his partner during his speech on marriage equality in the House of Representatives. The Liberal MP 's voice breaks with emotion as he

Australian mp proposes in parliament Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tim Wilson proposed to his partner, who was sitting in the pub

Tim Wilson tearing up as he proposes to his partner in parliament: Tim Wilson tearing up as he proposes to his partner again © Reuters Tim Wilson tearing up as he proposes to his partner again

An Australian MP has proposed to his partner during a parliamentary debate on legalising same-sex marriage.

Tim Wilson became tearful as he again asked Ryan Bolger, who was sitting in the gallery, to marry him. The pair have been engaged for nine years.

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage was introduced into the House of Representatives on Monday, after sailing through the Senate last week.

It is thought to be the first proposal during a sitting, local media said.

"In my first speech, I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands. They [the rings] are the answer to the question we cannot ask," Mr Wilson said.

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Australian politician proposes to his partner in parliament . An Australian MP has proposed to his partner during a parliamentary debate on legalising same-sex marriage. Tim Wilson's proposal to Ryan Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery, was met with a loud "yes" - reaffirming a

Australian mp proposes in parliament .

"So there is only one thing left to do. Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?"

The question drew cheers and applause, before Mr Bolger responded with a resounding "yes" - a reply noted in the parliamentary transcript.

The government MP said the protracted national debate on same-sex marriage had been the "soundtrack" to their relationship.

Earlier, Mr Wilson spoke about his own experience growing up as a gay teenager and struggling with a stigma surrounding homosexuality.

"This bill rams a stake into the heart of that stigma and its legacy," he said.

Mr Wilson is among 77 MPs who will speak on the bill. A vote is likely to happen this week unless there are significant amendments.

Conservative politicians are expected to suggest amendments to the bill, such as additional exemptions for celebrants who refuse to marry same-sex couples. The Senate rejected such amendments in its debate last week.

Last month, Australians decisively supported same-sex marriage in a national vote.

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