An Australian man used a water polo team to propose to his boyfriend. It's darn cute.

They didn't expect it, but Mark and Andrew's marriage proposal pics have made a big splash in Australia.

They're in the first wave of couples who have decided to tie the knot in the wake of Australia's vote on marriage equality. The way Mark went about pulling off his proposal to Andrew, however, stands out from the rest in a pretty adorable fashion.

Mark (left) and his now-fiancé, Andrew. Photo courtesy of Mark Keevers.


The day after Australia's same-sex marriage survey results were announced, Andrew had a water polo match with his team, the Melbourne Surge. When the game ended, Mark approached Andrew poolside and wrapped him in a big rainbow towel as one of the couple's favorite songs, Jess Glynn’s "Hold My Hand," began playing.

"We wake up to that song every day," Mark told the Star Observer. "Wherever we go we always hold hands because we both love each other, and we’re proud of that."

Then, the couple's loved ones — who were waiting in the stands — began pulling out large photographs of Mark and Andrew.

Photo courtesy of Mark Keevers.

And Andrew's teammates unveiled the cheekiest part of the proposal: swimsuit bottoms that spelled out "Marry me?"

Photo courtesy of Mark Keevers.

"Waterpolo is [Andrew's] life, and the mates that play are his pseudo-family considering his immediate family live in New Zealand," Mark says. "I knew I had to involve them."

That's when Mark got down on one knee and asked the big question.

Andrew, as the delightful photos suggest, said "yes."

Photo courtesy of Mark Keevers.

The charming proposal has gone global in large part because of its timing.

While Mark and Andrew knew they wanted to get hitched — and they technically could have in Andrew's home country of New Zealand, where marriage equality has existed legally since 2013 — the proposal was particularly special having happened on Nov. 16, 2017, in Australia, the day after the country voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality in a mail-in survey.

The vote itself doesn't legalize same-sex marriage, but the results pave the way; Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said a parliamentary vote should decide the matter by Christmas.

"We both shed a tear during the marriage equality announcement as it was such a relief that we all can, pending the government's commitment to legislating change, now marry the person we love," Mark says.

He understands their engagement doesn't just mark a personal moment of love; it reflects a larger societal shift that's worth celebrating: "We're more than happy for the attention if it helps tell the story of Australia's acceptance and validation of marriage equality." ❤️

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In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

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