Australian MP proposes to gay partner in parliament

Canberra: “Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me,” asked Australian lawmaker Tim Wilson to his partner of seven years as MPs were debating same-sex marriage legislation in the lower house in Canberra on Monday. With a broad smile on his face, Bolger, a primary school teacher, said “Yes” amid loud applause. Wilson wanted his fiancee’s response to be recorded in the official parliamentary record. The House of Representatives’ Twitter account says Wilson is “the first ever Member to propose on the floor of the House.” The bill to legalise same-sex marriage passed the upper house last week. The legislation was introduced after a postal survey saw nearly 62% Australians voting in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, who supports same-sex marriage, wants to make it a law by Christmas.