Australian Member of Parliament Tim Wilson became the first lawmaker to propose on the House floor -- to a man.
Wilson, 37, proposed to his boyfriend of nine years, Ryan Bolger, while the cameras were rolling during a parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage, NPR reported:
Some who heard the news pointed out that Wilson seemed to use the occasion as a publicity stunt, considering his past refusals to talk publicly about the issue of gay marriage, going so far to say that he would “rather talk about something else that actually matters to the Australian population.”
Tim Wilson proposes to bring justice and equality to asylum seekers ... only joking, he just did a stunt about himself.— Hon. Walter Slurrie (@WilmaSlurrie) December 4, 2017
Tim Wilson reduced parliament to a dating game show. What an idiot. #auspol— DelCon Days (@telesynth_hot) December 4, 2017
good of Tim Wilson to remind us that he would never vote for any progressive change that doesn't directly benefit himself— ernmalleys[checksnotes]cat (@ernmalleyscat) December 4, 2017
Wilson's very public proposal suggests that he has since changed his mind, which may have occurred after the Australian government used taxpayer money to fund a mail-in postal ballot that resulted in 61.6 percent of Australians voting in favor of same-sex marriage.
The event was also strange, considering Wilson and Bolger have reportedly already been engaged for nine years.