Watch: Aussie ambassador to France proposes after same-sex marriage vote

Watch: Aussie ambassador to France proposes after same-sex marriage vote
By Ana De Oliva
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The Australian ambassador to France popped the question in a video posted on social media


Following Australia's vote to legalise same-sex marriage on Thursday, the Aussie Ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, pulled off a surprise for his partner.

After cherishing an 11-year relationship, Berne finally proposed to his partner Thomas Marti just hours after the legislation passed and posted the video on social media.

"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," said Berne in the video. 

"Now, as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn now. My turn to ratify my own relationship with my partner," Berne said standing outside on a balcony with a view to the Tour Eiffel.

"He is not aware of what I am about to do now" he added, before walking indoors for the surprise."

The video then shows Berne tapping on the door and taking a deep breath as he enters the room to find Marti sitting at a desk.

"I would like to ask you a question. Would you give me the pleasure of marrying me?".

He looks into the camera, "I hope I got the question right".

In reassurance, Marti stands up and embraces Berne as he accepts the proposal.

The Ambassador wasn't the only official to commemorate Australia's same-sex vote. Liberal MP Tim Wilson proposed to his partner in Australia's Parliament on Monday, moments after the bill was introduced to the Lower House.

The final vote to legalise same-sex marriage prompted many celebrations across the country where, just a quarter of a century ago, some states ruled "homosexual acts" to be illegal. 

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