Australia’s ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, wasted no time after marriage equality was legalized on Thursday (7 December).
Hours after the legislation, Berne, 47, posted a video to his Twitter account, capturing the sweet moment he popped the question to his partner, Thomas Marti, 37.
He proposed in Marti’s office, where the Swiss-Australian works for Australia’s foreign affairs and trade ministry.
— Brendan Berne (@AusAmbFR) December 7, 2017
He starts the video explaining how he works to lay foundations between Australia and France.
‘Now, as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn now,’ he says. ‘My turn to ratify my own relationship with my partner of 11 years, Thomas.’
He then reveals Marti has no idea what’s coming.
Berne walks into Marti’s office, charmingly nervous as he turns to the camera and says ‘deep breath’, and pops the question!
‘Would you give me the pleasure of marrying me?’
Luckily this story has a happy ending and Marti quickly says yes.
The couple met on a tram in Amsterdam and speak French at home, according to the AFP.