‘My turn to ratify my own relationship’: Ambassador celebrates marriage equality

By David Donaldson

Friday December 8, 2017

Ambassador to France Brendan Berne proposes to his partner

There were some very excited people walking around yesterday evening following the historic passage of marriage equality legislation in the Australian parliament.

In many ways it’s a symbolic victory — queer Australians are now recognised as equal members of society.

But on a practical level, from January 9, gay and lesbian couples will finally be able to get married.

And Australia’s Ambassador to France Brendan Berne didn’t wait a moment to celebrate, popping the question with his partner of 11 years, Thomas.

In a video released on Twitter this morning, Berne explains it in a rather diplomatic turn of phrase:

“As Australia’s Ambassador to France, I am responsible for laying the foundations for the relationship between my country, Australia, and France. For instance through a free trade agreement and the submarines contract.

“Now as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn now. My turn to ratify my own relationship.”

Watch the big moment below.

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