What comes to your mind when you imagine a Parliament? Politics, debate, arguments, boring speeches? And in the case of India, physical fights too! But would you ever look at a Parliament session and go, “Say, this looks like the perfect place to propose to my beloved!”? Well, this Australian MP sure did!
For the unaware, Australia has been inching towards legalising same-sex marriages since August this year.
The Senate passed the bill five days ago. And this morning, the legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives, where it is expected to be passed without any hiccups.
But that’s not the only landmark event that’ll be going down in Australian Parliament history!
In a scene straight out of a rom-com, Australian MP, Tim Wilson, proposed to his long-time boyfriend Ryan Bolger during his speech on same-sex marriages in the Lower House of Parliament!
Wilson and Bolger, who is a school teacher, have been dating for nine years and already exchanged rings as a symbol of their commitment to each other.
But now that there is a possible legalisation of their union on the horizon, looks like Wilson just couldn’t wait to make it official!
Wilson was quite emotional as he spoke about his and Bolger’s relationship in light of the ongoing debate to legalise same-sex marriage.
“This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship. In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands. They are the answer to the question we cannot ask.”
And finally, there was that beautiful question that he very smoothly slipped between the words of his speech!
AND HE SAID YES! Ryan Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery responded with the biggest smile and an emotion-laden YES!
I think it’s time you see the proposal with your own eyes and join me in all the gushing!
My personal favourite was when Deputy Speaker Rob Mitchell congratulated the couple and interrupted mid-applause to say,
“We should let Hansard note to record that was a ‘yes’, a resounding ‘yes’. congratulations!”
Hansard is the traditional name given to transcripts of Parliamentary discussions, a common practice amongst Commonwealth nations.
Many congratulations to the soon to be officially wedded Bolger and Wilson! Men, please take note, this is how you do it!
PS: Maybe our Indian parliamentarians could also find a way to throw around some more ‘love’ in there, instead of chappals and gaalis?