Liberal MP Tim Wilson, 37, was emotional as he spoke during the debate on Monday, as he stood and thanked his long-term partner, primary school teacher Ryan Bolger, 33, for supporting him. Said Representative Tim Wilson to his partner Ryan Bolger who was viewing the debate from balcony seating, as reported by Reuters.
The former Institute of Public Affairs policy director, who was an Australian Human Rights Commissioner before entering politics past year as the member for Goldstein, said that in his first speech "I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands".
"There's only one thing left to do", he said, choking up slightly. In its final hurdle, the House of Representatives may vote on the bill as early as this week.
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Deputy Speaker Rob Mitchell congratulated the couple and had it noted in the record, that Bolger answered with "a resounding yes".
The proposal, which came shortly after the same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the Lower House of Parliament, was greeted with applause from all sides of politics and the public gallery.
After more than a decade of debate, Australians emphatically endorsed gay marriage in a recent nationwide postal vote, with some 62 percent of the 12.7 million who took part voting "yes" in November.
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Both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition government and the main opposition Labor Party have said they aim to pass the law by December 7, but any proposed amendments could stretch out that timeline. He proposed to his partner just moments after a bill was passed legalizing same-sex marriages in Australia.
"The message today, to every gay person in this nation, is clear", Turnbull added.
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