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'Big Brother' Australia's First Gay Winner Proposes to His Boyfriend on Show's Live Finale: VIDEO


Earlier this week, Benjamin Norris won Australia's version of the reality show Big Brother, becoming the first gay man to do so down under. On the show's finale, after winning $250,000, Ben surprised the audience by proposing to his boyfriend, also named Ben, with a family diamond, and quickly became the flag-bearer for Australia's battle for marriage equality.

BenSaid Norris:

“This was a diamond that my great grandfather bought for my great grandmother and it was worn by my parents on their wedding day so it’s something that is a part of my family...Since I’ve met Ben all I have wanted is for him to be a part of my family. And no-one is going to tell us that sitting on the couch together at the end of the day pretending that we’re married that we’re not married.”

Watch the proposal go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh My God! That was AMAZING!!!

    Another huge step forward for marriage equality! As Gavin Newsome said, and was pilloried for, "It's gonna happen and there's NOTHING you can do about it!"

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 9, 2012 8:45:10 AM

  2. Well, they can't get married if they're in Australia. Gay marriage and gay civil unions are completely forbidden in all parts of Australia.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 9, 2012 8:59:32 AM

  3. That made me cry great big happy tears.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Nov 9, 2012 9:03:52 AM

  4. So sweet. Congratulations guys.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Nov 9, 2012 9:07:25 AM

  5. Focking BEAUTIFUL! Best woishes to you guys for a lifetime of greatness! :-D

    Posted by: DavidW | Nov 9, 2012 9:11:27 AM

  6. I love the look on the mom's face. It's moments like these that really do change people's minds.

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Nov 9, 2012 9:14:33 AM

  7. Sweet, fantastic. All the best to these guys.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 9, 2012 9:27:03 AM

  8. @Jason - They could get married in Spain, Argentina, Canada or one of the other nations that have full marriage equality.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Nov 9, 2012 9:33:53 AM

  9. That's awesome!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 9, 2012 9:52:13 AM


    Posted by: hotbeef | Nov 9, 2012 9:58:10 AM

  11. The law will follow social acceptance, and moments like this change perceptions. The only thing missing was a kiss. Great!

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 9, 2012 10:16:28 AM

  12. Congratulations you happy and excited and loving men.........

    For all of us and for straights also, you are inspirational.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 9, 2012 10:20:50 AM

  13. Do the Commonwealth countries have reciprocal recognition of marriage? If they get married in Canada, doesn't Australia have to recognize that on some level?
    In any case, Australia will come around. It is rather conservative for a commonwealth country. Although there are large cities there, it's very rural in character, too. It's roughly like the population of the NY Metro spread across the entire USA. But "the crazy" doesn't quite have a grip on it like fundamentalism in the US. Church attendance is much lower.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 9, 2012 10:20:58 AM

  14. So beautiful.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 9, 2012 10:38:25 AM

  15. God Bless them, may they live long and happy lives together.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 9, 2012 11:52:18 AM

  16. A lot of tears this week and all of them tears of joy. This is so touching and moving.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 9, 2012 1:13:00 PM

  17. Why are Australian people so gosh-darn cute?!

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 9, 2012 1:27:37 PM

  18. @JASON... Your statement is not completely true. Parts of Australia permit gay civil unions, specifically in the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and Victoria.

    Posted by: RJ | Nov 9, 2012 1:41:25 PM

  19. Fantastic! What a moment. Many years of good health and happiness!

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 9, 2012 1:52:28 PM

  20. You know what ? They are married already. In any sense of what it means to be truely joined to another person in love, it is so obvious to see that these 2 are married.

    Posted by: Den | Nov 9, 2012 1:56:47 PM

  21. Did any Aussies see how fast the camera angle changed when they kissed? They had a close up and then the next thing you knew the camera was overhead. It was obvious someone said, "Watch for the kiss and make sure if they do change the angle".

    Not as bad as when the very popular farmer Dave kissed his boyfriend on his exit; they had a close up for their reunion on stage and then when they kissed the camera was changed twice, very badly I may add and farmer Dave and co. were a speck on the screen.

    Play from around 29:20 seconds.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 9, 2012 2:25:54 PM

  22. Beautiful boys, beautiful moment. May they have happy lives together!

    Posted by: John Simpson | Nov 9, 2012 2:48:11 PM

  23. To those saying that the law will follow social acceptance, I can only hope so, since we already have social acceptance for marriage equality here in australia. 64% of australians want equality according to the most recent Galaxy Poll on the issue (August 2012). Our problem is not that Australians don't want gay marriage, but that our politicians are far more conservative on the issue than the people they represent.

    Posted by: jesse | Nov 9, 2012 4:18:15 PM

  24. A couple of very brave men. I wish them all the best.

    What a shame Australian politicians are weak, spineless bigots who are too cowardly and self serving to approve gay marriage.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 11, 2012 3:39:33 AM

  25. Australian Kylie Minogue openly admits she would not have a career without the constant support of gay men but even she has been too scared and selfish to speak out for gay marriage in Australia. She is terrified she would lose album sales in the country if she speaks out even though she already has more money than she could ever spend. Kylie is yet another in a very long line of straight people who SAY they support us, so we make them rich, but they don't actually DO anything for us.
    ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS.

    As you can see there is a LONG LONG way to go yet in Australia when even the biggest gay icon in the world is not brave enough to speak out for us.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 11, 2012 3:45:17 AM

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