Watch Australia’s French Ambassador Propose In Celebration of Marriage Equality
This is the cutest video of the day. To celebrate the passing of marriage equality in Australia, Brendan Bern, the Australia gay ambassador to France has proposed to his partner. Luckily, Bern recorded the proposal and posted it onto Twitter. And, spoiler — his partner says yes!
The video opens with the ambassador standing on a balcony. He addresses the camera (in French), stating, “As Ambassador of Australia in France, it is up to me to lay the foundations of relations between my country, Australia and France.”
He then goes inside the building and asks Thomas, his partner of 11 years (who doesn’t know what’s coming), if he’ll marry him. And Thomas’ reaction is absolutely adorable.
Watch the video where the Australia gay ambassador proposes:
En tant qu'ambassadeur en France, c'est un grand jour pour mon pays l'Australie qui a approuvé le #MariagePourTous. Mais aussi pour moi, au niveau personnel. Il était temps de faire ma demande. HE SAID YES! #MarriageEquality #SSM pic.twitter.com/xuRKSnyAd8
— Brendan Berne (@AusAmbFR) December 7, 2017
Australia has just passed marriage equality. It was a long campaign of debate, but Australia just became the 25th country with marriage equality. The vote was almost unanimous — only four members voted against the bill.
The bill was approved last week in the Australian Senate. The vote follows a non-binding postal plebiscite where 61.6% of voters said “yes” to marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
While technically gay Australians can’t get married yet, the bill has been passed to Governor General Peter Cosgrove for a Royal Assent. That should come within seven to 10 days. Once the Royal Assent is granted, the bill will become law 28 days later — or sooner, should the government set an official date. That means the Australia gay ambassador to France could wed in Australia by early 2018.
This vote, one month after the postal vote, followed 22 unsuccessful attempts to open marriage to same-sex couples since 2004.
Stars like singer Kylie Minogue, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Courtney Act, Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black hailed the news of Australian marriage equality on Twitter.