Liberal MP asks partner to marry him during SSM debate
LIBERAL MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his partner on the floor of federal parliament.
The outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage used debate on the marriage equality bill to ask his partner Ryan Bolger to marry him on Monday morning.
From his seat in the public gallery, Mr Bolger said "yes".
Mr Wilson took the opportunity to pop the question as he addressed parliament in favour of the same-sex marriage bill being debated this week.
Earlier in his speech, Mr Wilson recalled when he had first presented Mr Bolger with the rings that the pair have worn on their left hands for seven years.
Mr Wilson described the pair waking before sunrise during a trip to Hamilton Island when he presented Mr Ryan with the ring.
"I said, 'I don't know what this ring represents, but will you take it as a sign of my commitment'. Thankfully the answer was yes," he said.
Mr Wilson said the following days were "bittersweet".
"Anyone who has been engaged will know that moment in life, the joy amplified by the mutual celebration of others. When we told others, many simply didn't know how to react," he said.
"Ryan kept pushing for an engagement party. The truth was, I kept delaying it, perhaps wrongly, because the strong message that I took from so many people's silence was that no one would come."
Mr Wilson began to tear up when he recalled informing one person of the couple's news, only to be told: "Why bother?"
After thanking staff and colleagues, and the Australian people for voting in favour of marriage equality, Mr Wilson rounded off his address saying: "There's only one thing left to do."
"Ryan, Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?" he asked through tears.
From the gallery, Mr Bolger said yes, with acting speaker Rob Mitchell asking for the answer to be recorded in Hansard.
"That was a yes, a resounding yes," Mr Mitchell said. "Congratulations. Well done, mate."
Debate over the same-sex marriage bill continues.