Liberal MP Tim Wilson proposes to partner in Parliament

Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his partner on the floor of federal parliament

He paused for a quick gulp of air. "So there's only one thing left to do - Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?" asked Wilson, who was formerly Australia's human rights commissioner. "They are the answer to the question we can not ask", Wilson, 37, said as he looked to his partner sitting in the public gallery.

Rob Mitchell: 'I should let Hansard note that was a yes - congratulations'. "Well done, mate", he said in his typically casual style.

South Australian senator Sarah Hansen-Young was among a host of politicians, journalists and the public to congratulate Wilson on Twitter.

Today, the Liberal MP proposed to his long-term partner in the House of Representatives while addressing the same-sex marriage bill which has finally been introduced to the Lower House.

It's the first time a marriage proposal has been made during a parliamentary sitting. "Thankfully the answer was yes", he said.

But, through tears, he spoke of the "bittersweetness" in the days that followed.

"Always with an eye to the future, the Member for Kooyong [Josh Frydenberg] and his wife Amy sent flowers, but when we told others, many simply didn't know how to react", he said.

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Many text messages went un-responded, while some people politely changed the topic or fell silent in conversation.

"For a while, Ryan kept pushing for an engagement party". And that they are the answer to the question we can not ask.

"But the Australian people have now answered it for me".

"This is an issue of fundamental fairness", Turnbull said to parliament later on Monday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lauded the postal survey process, in which more than 80 per cent of the electorate participated.

He said the debate had been "the soundtrack" of their time together before popping the question.

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