Aussie MP Proposes During Marriage Debate [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.

“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,” an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament last year.

“There’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?” Wilson added to applause. The 33-year-old primary school teacher responded “yes,” which was recorded in the official parliamentary record.

The final vote in the Australian House is expected to come Wednesday or Thursday. Last week the Senate approved the marriage bill by a nearly 4-1 margin.

  • Gustav2

    The lawmaker’s partner should have answered like a good political spouse:

    “I am weighing my options.”

    • safari

      In the US, the next sentence would be — “But we can only have the ceremony in an off-year.”

  • Awww.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Awww. So sweet.

  • JoeMyGod

    House Speaker: ” I should note for the Hansard that that was a yes, a resounding yes. Congratulations; well done mate.”

    • JoeMyGod

      In Commonwealth nations the “Hansard” is the official record of comments made on the floor of the Parliament.

      • Dazzer

        Hansard (no “the”) is the official public record of Parliamentary debates. It is published every day in a wonderfully archaic magazine.

        It’s a private company (although, doubtless, various parliaments have an interest in it), but is scrupulously independent.*

        (All of this information might be out of date – it was more than 30 years ago when I applied to be a Hansard reporter).

        • Guy z

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          • Robincho

            I cede what you dude there…

          • Guy z

            So silly. I love it!

          • Robincho

            I love dudes, & am willing to cede them most anything…

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        • ChrisMorley

          Dazzer, Hansard isn’t a private company. It is the UK Parliament’s inhouse department for reporting what is said in Parliament. It also includes records of votes and written ministerial statements. http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/publications/hansard/

          Here is the job prospectus Parliament publishes to recruit its internal team of journalists. It is slow to download. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons/lib/LibraryDocuments/Hansard_Careers%20promo_Print.pdf

          • Guy z

            Geek/nerd fight = The best. My education on parliamentary matters continues.

    • Robincho

      I would pay serious money to hear civility like this from the floor of our own so-called deliberative bodies…

      • Tawreos

        First, we’d have to elect a majority of people that have hearts and that could anything but selfish greed. Maybe someday.

        • Robincho

          You’re so cute when you get all dreamy like that… πŸ˜‰

      • BobSF_94117

        Well, keep in mind the chamber was mostly empty.

  • netxtown

    yes. I would have his children….or at least try, try, try.

  • Rex

    Isn’t that romantic?

  • bobbleobble

    Wilson’s politics leave a lot to be desired but this was still sweet and heart warming.

    Hopefully he’ll also help to vote down any and all amendments. In the House things are a lot more finely balanced than in the Senate. At present 74 MPs will be needed to vote down amendments. Currently all 69 Labor MPs, 3 from minor parties and Warren Entsch of the LNP are expected to vote against amendments so that makes 73. Wilson could be the 74th vote. Hopefully there are some others in the LNP to mark the margins better.

    Oh and for some reason over two thirds of MPs want to speak in the debate which could mean that the legislation actually doesn’t manage to get voted on this week. Why on earth they all want to speak on this I’ll never understand. The LNP I guess makes sense because they’d be hoping to delay things but the ALP are just as bad.

    • Dazzer

      Not too be too cynical, but if you look at Equal Marriage debates in Parliaments around the world, MPs of all persuasions want their names on the public record.

      They all know it’s an historic change in the way their countries do business and they are looking to be a footnote in a history book.

      • bobbleobble

        Sure but there’s only four more days before Parliament adjourns until February and if everyone speaks they could easily run out of time.

        • Dazzer

          In the UK, Mr Speaker just told the MPs that he was having to cut time because so many people wanted to speak, so they could edit their speeches or talk faster – but either way, there was going to be a vote.

          • ChrisMorley

            He even helpfully told MP’s how much time was left for debate before the vote, how many wanted to speak, and used his calculator to tell them exactly how much time they each could talk, if all that had asked to speak were to get to speak before the moment of the vote.
            He told the naughty ones when they overran their fair share of time. One of his good days.

        • I thought Mr Turnbull said a couple of days ago that if need be he would extend the sitting?

      • Reality.Bites

        Here’s our ex-PM

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjdMykys6Pc

        His best quote on this though was to one of his cabinet ministers, Scott Brison: “Well, after all I’ve been through on this Brison, you’d better get married.”

        He did.

        https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims3/GLOB/legacy_thumbnail/1200×630/format/jpg/quality/85/http%3A%2F%2Fi.huffpost.com%2Fgen%2F3640084%2Fimages%2Fn-JUSTIN-TRUDEAU-628×314.jpg

  • Harley

    And for the straight christianist couple who said they would divorce if marriage Equality passes in Australia, happy D-day for ya.

    • bobbleobble

      Don’t count your chickens, we ain’t there yet!

  • Robincho

    Awwwwww!…

  • Salton

    Lovely!

  • worstcultever

    1 – Margaret Court is throwing her toys out of the crib again

    2 – GOD I love Australian accents!

    • safari

      I thought you said Margaret Cho and I was very confused.

      • Reality.Bites

        That would probably make Margaret Cho very happy.

      • worstcultever

        Just listened to Cho on Jesse Thorn’s “Bullseye” podcast – she was absolutely wonderful – said a number of interesting & poignant things about gay men shaping her formative worldview – she is really aging so gracefully and beautifully in the simple ways she expresses herself. Here’s link in case anybody interested

        https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510309/bullseye

        (Jesse also talks to Lisa Hanawalt on the same episode – she’s the visual genius behind Bojack Horseman – also very fun interview)

    • Snarkaholic

      Did you misspell cave?

    • Ninja0980

      I won’t lie, a man with an accent gets me hot and bothered and always will.

      • safari

        Educated Englishmen all set off my gaydar. Every. Single. One.

        • William

          Pretty much everyone from the Carolinas sends mine into overload.

        • Adam Schmidt

          My hubby and I have an in-joke… British or Gay? Meaning is he gay or just British because sometimes it’s so hard to tell.

    • Tawreos

      My first thought was that one of things I love most about this is that probably has old Madge seething with butthurt anger.

      • worstcultever

        I want her name off that fucking tennis center. Evonne Goolagong, bitchez!

  • safari

    Somewhat OT — Here’s one of my favorite marriage proposals
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IS5dCkGXZI

    • Robincho

      I was afraid he was gonna stay with chickening “oot”…

      • safari

        When I get nervous, my Michigan accent becomes full-blown Canadian.

        • Canadian Observer

          Eh?

          Eh!

    • Reality.Bites

      Still my favourite, six years old now (skip to 2 minutes for the part where the proposer appears)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cZ0BgUgLWQ

  • Those stupid onion chopping ninjas are back.

  • Adam Stevens

    And this is what they fear?????????

    Shoot up our children at school? Sure, no prob. MORE guns. We won’t even try and change laws to protect our kids.

    But 2 men committing their lives to one another sends them into a tizzy.

    I will never understand heterosexuals.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Some of us are really, really insecure.

    • Snarkaholic

      In many cases, the terror of seeing their own secret desires reflected in us.
      I read an article which stated that approximately 50% of women have engaged in some sort of same-sex activity…so the desire exists, to some degree, in a whole lotta people.

      • CanuckDon

        “I won’t go there and it pisses me off that others do!”

      • safari

        The man who spent aisles in Kroger last night bitching about the democrats came off as a young Marcus Bacchman.

        We kept making eye contact when we passed. He was with his wife and kids. I couldn’t tell if he was pissed that I was silently judging him or if I kept setting off his gaydar.

        • Snarkaholic

          He was probably terrified that Wifey might find out.
          I know this type well.
          I used to work with this asshole who was a HUUUUUGE closet case. Her hatred for me, from the first shift I worked with her, was so obvious.
          As is my M.O., I walked around the kitchen that evening, introducing myself to everyone and shaking hands. As I approached her, her eyebrows shot up, then down into a scowl, and she fucking turned her back on me. From that day forward, the tap dancing she did at work to avoid being anywhere near me/talking to me put Fred Astaire to shame.
          My assumptions of her gayness were confirmed over time by general comments she made. For example, one of her daughters was going on an overnight class trip, and this bitch was OUTRAGED that the daughter and the daugher’s best friend were going to have to share a bed in the hotel room. I mean, she went on and on about it.
          When she died of cancer 2 years ago, I didn’t bother to attend her funeral.

    • Robincho

      And mercifully, that’s why you aren’t one. FSM has your back(side)…

  • David

    That’s lovely. And much needed after listening to NPR on my commute.

    • Gustav2

      β€œI have a lot of experience with John Dowd… in cases before my office, and he said then – as he’s saying now – a lot of incorrect, mistaken and on occasion ludicrous things. So I wouldn’t put a lot of stock into it.”

      β€” Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, quoted NPR, on Donald Trump’s lawyer claiming the president cannot obstruct justice.

      • David

        I heard that, and that part was fine. But when they start talking to the congressmen about how awful the tax bill is my neck starts to tighten up…

  • Do Something Nice

    Ugh. Tax reform and he’s a conservative.

    • Gustav2

      It must be congenital.

    • worstcultever

      I know. I’m like “awwww” and FUCK YOU at the same time

  • Hank
  • iLoveEggplant
    • Robincho

      Oh HELL yes…

    • Ninja0980

      That from a porn flick?

      • Ron Romero

        Gay for pay Austin and Zane from AustinZane.com. Originally Rhett and Tucker from 2SCM.

  • Ninja0980

    Awwww!

  • Gene Perry

    Congrats! Well done!

  • SDG

    Awesomness!

  • Nychta

    So moving. I love finding pieces like this while wading through the news muck. I wish them many happy years together.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Love how the Speaker says “set to record, that was a resounding YES”…too perfect.

    See Christers, this is what winning and loving looks like…I know, I know, you haven’t seen either in decades and chances are, you never will again. We’re done with you…moving on.

  • JWC

    Good Stuff “Teacher said , every time a Gay couple marry , Tony Perkins gets a headache”

  • BobSF_94117

    Uh… homocons reveling in the freedom their party denied millions of people for over a decade.

  • JCF

    Onions. So many onions. }-)…

    Mazel Tov!! <3<3

  • Greg in Oz

    This was a nice moment during this turgid debate but, just before you all get in a tiz about Tim proposing to his partner in the Parliament, please be aware that this man is no true friend of the GLBTQI folk.
    His loyalties lie far more with his political party, than his own community.
    Sure, he’s gay, but so is that Milo Wanker-whatever-his-name-is, who is currently touring our country (unfortunately).
    While Tim isn’t perhaps as bad as Milo, he is a member of the conservative side of our politics and hasn’t really done much in the past to support our community.
    His support for marriage equality was always there, but often hidden away or at least, very soft, so as not to upset his political masters, who have pulled every trick in the book to delay equality happening in Australia – with, it must be said, this guys’ full support!.
    Now that it’s all happening, sure, he has jumped on board wholeheartedly; but it’s taken him a looooong time to get there.
    Most of the GLBTQI community here hold little respect for this bloke, due to his lack lustre support over many of our issues in the past.
    But, all that said, it was a nice moment to witness.