Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Lesbian Couple Who Went Viral Because Parents Won't Attend Wedding

Ellen DeGeneres surprised a lesbian couple who went viral earlier this month for asking the talk show host to attend their wedding because one of the couple's parents does not approve of the marriage.

On November 5, Kate Austin, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tweeted: "hi @chrissyteigen & @TheEllenShow !! my parents aren't going to attend my wedding because they don't like that i'm gay! i need someone to walk me down the aisle and someone else for a 'father/daughter' dance. plz come, my fiancée and i would cry #shootingmyshot"

The tweet garnered 18,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes on Twitter. Numerous people responded offering to attend the couple's wedding in an outpouring of love and support.

DeGeneres spotted the couple's tweet and invited them on to her talk show for a special surprise which airs Tuesday.

In the segment, DeGeneres said she can't make the wedding but gifted them a cardboard cutout of herself. The cutout has a moving arm with a tissue at the end in case "you need to wipe your face, you can have someone wipe your face like that."

DeGeneres also surprised the couple with a second surprise proposal—with Sarah Sulsenti proposing to Austin this time, after Austin previously proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The talk show host offered some moving words to the young couple, telling them: "For Kate and for all the people out there who are not accepted by their family, you are loved by so many people ... we love you for who you are exactly. For anybody struggling out there, just be proud of who you are and know that you're going to find a different family. Maybe that family will come around eventually but for now you have this family."

Austin was initially overwhelmed by meeting DeGeneres and said: "Ellen is looking me in the eye." After gathering her bearings, Austin offered DeGeneres her own warm message. "I just have to thank you. If it wasn't for someone like you, I'd have never had the courage to go out in public and propose to my fiancée. So many people don't accept that," said Austin.

"You've paved the way for queer women, and it's the most inspiring thing," Austin added to applause from the audience.

DeGeneres responded: "Everybody deserves love. That's all that matters in this life... love."

Austin told DeGeneres that all of her siblings are accepting of her being a lesbian, but her mother "was really terrible" and has chosen not to attend her wedding. "I've been out for five years now. She said everything you could think of under the sun."

But the newly-engaged guest added: "I'm so thankful I came out, it's taught me courage ... it allowed me to be my authentic self."

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