Ellen DeGeneres' touching gesture for engaged lesbian couple goes viral

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Ellen DeGeneres has made a lesbian couple’s engagement even more special after inviting them and some of their loved ones on to her talk show.

Kate Austin appealed to Ellen on Twitter, explaining her parents had refused to attend her wedding to her partner Sarah “because they don’t like that I’m gay”.

In the post, Kate shared sweet pictures of her proposing to Sarah, which took place in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Ellen retweeted the appeal, with the comment “See you tomorrow.”

Ellen DeGeneres surprised an engaged lesbian couple on her show. [Photo: Getty/Ellen Show]

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True to her word, she invited the pair to be in the show’s audience the very next day – and invited them up on stage.

Speaking to Ellen, Kate said her mother had “said everything you could think of under the sun” since she’d come out as gay five years previous, but she had “five brothers and a sister” who were “phenomenal”.

Coming out and “owning it” had allowed her to become her “authentic self”, she added.

Ellen apologised that she could not attend the pair’s wedding, but presented them with a cardboard cut-out of herself in a white suit – complete with a movable arm to proffer tissues.

But this wasn’t the end of the surprise. Telling the couple she had a surprise for them, Ellen directed their attention to a giant present shaped box – which burst open to reveal their friends and family members who did support their relationship.

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Then, Sarah proposed to Kate in front of everyone (the opposite way around to the first proposal) in front of everyone.

“There’s no better way to do it than in front of our chosen family and of course, our biggest role model,” said Sarah.

This isn’t the first cute proposal to go high profile this year. During Cannes Film Festival in May, Czech tycoon Milos Kant proposed to his Portuguese reality TV star girlfriend, Margarida Aranha in front of cameras.

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