A Melbourne man’s perfect marriage proposal depended heavily on Aussies voting ‘yes’ to marriage equality in the national postal survey on the issue.
Mark Keevers proposed to his long-time partner Andrew, after the latter finished a match playing for gay water polo team, the Melbourne Surge.
Keevers planned the proposal for the day after the postal survey results on same-sex marriage were revealed. Thankfully for him, Australians voted 61.6% in favour to legalize same-sex marriage.
‘The Yes result is completely validating. To see that people in my own country see me as legitimate and the same,’ Keevers told Star Observer.
‘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.’
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
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A fair amount of preparation went into Keevers well synchronized proposal.
As soon at the water polo match ended, Keevers walked up to Andrew and put a rainbow flag towel around his shoulders. Then the song Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne was cued from nearby speakers.
‘We wake up to that song every day,’ Keevers said.
Some surge players quickly stripped down to their swimsuits and turned around to reveal each player had a a letter on their backsides spelling out ‘marry me’.
Friends held enlarged photos of the pair taken during their 11-month relationship. Keevers then gave an emotional speech before asking Andrew to marry him.
Andrew said yes, of course.
‘He is just everything,’ Keevers said.
‘He has this passion for everything he does. We have the same values, and want the same things, it’s perfect.’