Steven Universe fans, you’re in for a treat: The popular Cartoon Network series just honored a fan-fave queer couple in the best way possible.
In “The Question,” a July 4 episode of the show’s The Heart of the Crystal Gems story arc, Ruby, a woman, proposes to Sapphire, another female character. The scene—made all the more picturesque by Ruby’s dramatic entrance on horseback and a stunning sunset backdrop—came after seasons of exposition about the pair’s long-term relationship.
Earlier in the episode, the pair parted ways as Ruby went on a journey of self-discovery. But she came running back to Sapphire and popped the question.
Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar told Variety that the inclusive scene was always part of the plan: “I wanted to really create an image of a queer couple that makes sense together. 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.”
The all new Steven Universe episodes this week were years in the making, please, PLEASE do not miss these! Heart of the Crystal Gems 5 night special event starts tonight at 7:30 ✨
— Rebecca Sugar (@rebeccasugar) July 2, 2018
The show, which premiered in 2013, has been heralded as inclusive by fans, entertainment industry veterans, and media watchdog groups alike. Sugar’s work on The Answer, a Season 2 episode detailing Ruby and Sapphire’s love story, even landed her a Primetime Emmy Award nod—and led to a book deal.
“Love and acceptance is taught at an early age [and] Steven Universe has been at the forefront of teaching everyone—kids and adults alike—that love truly is what makes the universe operate,” said Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD director of entertainment, told Variety.
Congrats to the happy couple!