Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Same-Sex Couple Whose Family Members Won't Attend Wedding

The host gave Kate Austin and Sarah Sulsenti a chance to share their special moment with chosen family.

A Philadelphia couple got a second chance to pledge their love and commitment to one another in a Tuesday appearance on 鈥 The Ellen DeGeneres Show.鈥

On Nov. 5, Kate Austin tweeted a trio of photos with fianc茅e Sarah Sulsenti from their recent engagement trip to Paris to both DeGeneres and Chrissy Teigen. Noting that her parents were refusing to attend the wedding because she鈥檚 gay, Austin invited both stars to attend the nuptials.

DeGeneres responded by sharing Austin鈥檚 original tweet with her followers Monday. Needless to say, it quickly went viral, and as of Tuesday morning had received more than 550,000 likes.

An even bigger surprise awaited Austin and Sulsenti, however, as they were invited by DeGeneres to appear on Tuesday鈥檚 show.

After a brief interview, a group of the couple鈥檚 chosen family members emerged onstage as Sulsenti got on one knee in front of an emotional Austin for a second proposal.

鈥淚 know you already proposed to me, but of course, you know I had to get my piece in there because you deserve it, and there鈥檚 no better way to do it than in front of our chosen family and, of course, our biggest role model,鈥 she said. 鈥淭he way that you feel today is the way that you make me feel every day.鈥

Earlier in the appearance, Austin credited DeGeneres with leading by example as she learned to live as her authentic self.

鈥淚f it wasn鈥檛 for someone like you, I would have never had the courage to just go out there in the public and propose to my fianc茅e,鈥 she said. 鈥淪o many people don鈥檛 accept that. You paved the way for queer women everywhere.鈥

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