Australian MP who proposed to his boyfriend in Parliament ties the knot in beautiful wedding
The Australian MP who proposed to his boyfriend during a same-sex marriage debate in Parliament has tied the knot in a beautiful wedding.
Tim Wilson fought back tears as he popped the question to boyfriend Ryan Bolger in the country’s House of Representatives in December.
The Liberal MP became the first to propose marriage in Parliament, just weeks after Australians gave their overwhelming backing to equal marriage in a public vote, by a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%.
The emotional moment was one of many as the bill to legalise same-sex marriage made its way through Parliament.
Three days after Wilson’s sudden proposal, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill into law.
And now Wilson and Bolger have tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony.
The pair chose yesterday to marry because it’s the date between their birthdays.
On Twitter, Wilson explained: The 11th of March is a special day.
“It [is] the day after @rpbolger’s birthday. The day before mine.
“And now and forever it is our wedding anniversary. #BolgerWilson2018”.
The two said their vows in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria, under a picturesque tree.
In a heartfelt message after the ceremony, Wilson wrote: “Occasionally time stops. It is because of moments that can’t be re-lived.
“A snapshot in time. Of love. Of calm. Of comfort.
“A time when your joy overcomes.”
Wilson also confirmed that the pair would be honeymooning “in the great State of Victoria”.
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Last month, a gay couple tying the knot at Sydney Mardi Gras announced that they would be using same-sex marriage posters from the no campaign as confetti at their wedding.
Stuart Henshall and James Brechney, who got engaged on live TV as the postal vote result was released, said they wanted to have a wedding that celebrated the cornerstone of the Australian LGBT+ movement.
“The thing with Mardi Gras is the floats don’t stop for anybody,” Brechney said.
“You’ve got to keep moving your truck so we’ve quickly got to swap the rings, say I do, sign the forms, throw a confetti cannon and we’ll be married right there in the heart of Oxford Street.”