Cartoon TV show Steven Universe featured a groundbreaking same-sex wedding last night (6 July).
Steven Universe is a major American cartoon series created by Rebecca Sugar, who identifies as bisexual. The show is also Cartoon Network’s first animated show solely created by a woman.
After an adorable wedding proposal earlier this week, main characters Sapphire and Ruby finally tied the knot in this latest episode entitled Reunion.
The ceremony starts off with Ruby walking down the aisle, blushing as she spies her love.
Once she makes it to the alter, Ruby coyly says: ‘I know this is all kind of silly – I mean, we’ve been together for 5750 years.’
‘And eight months,’ Sapphire chimes in lovingly.
‘You changed my life’
Ruby continues: ‘I feel like I wasn’t much good as just one of me on my own. But when we’re together, it feels like it’s okay to be just me.
‘So I want to be me with you,’ she exclaims.
Sapphire then says: ‘You changed my life and then I changed your life and now we change our lives.’
They place each other’s wedding rings on their fingers and Ruby swings Sapphire around in a passionate kiss.
They then combine into their ultimate form, Garnet.
Watch the sweet scene:
The episode features Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba and Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone.
The show follows a half-human, half-gem boy named Steven. He lives with three gems — Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl — as they work together to protect the universe.
At the end of Season one, fans found out Garnet is actually a fusion, made up of Ruby and Sapphire. Then, co-executive producer Ian Jones-Quarterly confirmed Ruby and Sapphire are lesbians in a romantic relationship (by ‘human standards and terminology’).
‘I wanted to really create an image of a queer couple that makes sense together,’ creator Rebecca Sugar told Variety.
‘Usually the couple is a man and a woman. But you don’t show that love can exist between two men or two women. I wanted to create equal-opportunity love stories for children.’
She also added it was ‘important’ for all the characters to be ‘gender expansive’ and that the intent of the show was to ‘always be very honest’.
Watch the full episode: