One day after Australia announced its postal survey results supporting marriage equality, an Australian man proposed to his partner at a water polo game with a little help from some teammates.
On Wednesday night, Mark Keevers was there in the stands like always to support his boyfriend Andrew (also known as “Rusty” by his team). Andrew plays for the gay water polo team, the Melbourne Surge.
At the end of the game, Mark walked over and wrapped a rainbow towel around Andrew, while Jess Glynne’s song “Hold My Hand” began to play in the background.
“We wake up to that song every day,” Mark told the Star Observer. “Wherever we go we always hold hands because we both love each other, and we’re proud of that.”
But the towel and song weren’t the only part of the surprise proposal. Eight of Andrew’s teammates then quickly stripped down into speedos with letters on the backsides that spelled out, “Marry me?”
As marriage equality draws nearer, we’re so excited to see one of our own be amongst the latest members of the LGBTIQ community to get engaged! Congratulations Rusty & Mark! We’re honoured to be part of your special moment following our Water Polo Victoria game this evening at MSAC – Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. #equality #melbournesurge #yes
Friends and family were also there as well, holding posters featuring images of the adorable couple over the stands so everyone could see.
Mark then gave an emotional speech before pulling out a ring and popping the big question, to which Andrew said, “Yes.”
“He is just everything,” Mark said. “He has this passion for everything he does. We have the same values, and want the same things, it’s perfect.”
“The little things we disagree on – like the fact I hate coriander and he loves it – are not big.”
Mark’s decision to propose had nothing to do with the postal survey results, but he believes it has been a timely and validating result.
“He’s a New Zealand citizen so we would’ve gotten married in New Zealand regardless, but it would be better if it was recognized in my country as well,” he said. “The ‘Yes’ result is completely validating. To see that people in my own country see me as legitimate and the same.”
“The proposal was timed accordingly – I thought, I’m going to get a Yes win in the postal survey and make sure he knows about it the next day.”