Seriously, you guys — Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi just had their wedding anniversary, and they wrote the absolute sweetest tributes to each other.
It might even be enough to make you believe that love is real.
Back in 2008, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi got married.
The two of them had had met socially, and Portia later described feeling an immediate sense of attraction.
2008, of course, was years and years before marriage equality was the law of the land throughout the US.
Ellen in particular has always been a pioneer for LGBT acceptance through her fame on television and, of course, when she came out in the ’90s.
At the time, she found herself rejected in Hollywood in very hurtful ways.
Times have changed and people are somewhat more accepting, now, though there’s a lot of progress that society still needs to make.
Ellen uses her fame and her platform to promote LGBT equality where she can.
And her long, healthy, successful marriage with Portia de Rossi has not only failed to bring about the end of the world, but has opened people’s eyes to both how beautiful same-sex couples can be and how normal and how silly it is for people to oppose equal marriage rights.
Two birds, one stone, right?
To celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary yesterday, Ellen posted this wedding photo on Instagram.
For her caption, she included this touching, beautiful tribute.
“@PortiadeRossi and I got married 9 years ago today. Being her wife is the greatest thing I am.”
That is so precious and beautiful.
This might be our favorite power couple, you know?
As you can imagine, Portia de Rossi posted a tribute of her own.
And, of course, a throwback photo to go with it:
Look at them!
You know when you see old photos of an actor or whatever from a role they took before they really hit it big and you’re like “awww, he was a baby!”
Well, look at them, because they were babies!
Not, you know, strictly speaking, but this was 9 years ago.
Portia’s caption acknowledges how much younger they looked — and how much time has passed.
“We’ve been together so long that not only do we look like kids in this picture, but it was taken with a camera! Happy 9th, Thing.”
First of all, calling your significant other and especially your wife who is the love of your life “thing” is super precious.
We’re not saying that we should all be doing it — nicknames are personal.
But it’s adorable.
Also, it’s weird to think that, only 9 years, it was totally normal to take photos on a dedicated camera.
Phones were getting cameras at that point, but nothing even close to the quality that they have now.
Portia de Rossi’s native Australia is gearing up for a major vote on marriage equality.
It’s some sort of referendum, but it doesn’t look like they call it that, which makes sense because it’s Australia.
Remember, this is the country that calls McDonald’s “Maccas” and calls sweatpants “tracky-dacks.” It’s hard to see where genuine dialectic differences end and linguistic contrarianism begins, because both are definitely at play.
Anyway, we hope that some folks in Australia who might sadly be undecided will think of Portia’s happy marriage when they go to cast their vote, or whatever they call votes Down Under.
They can even rewatch the video of Ellen and Portia’s beautiful nuptuals if they like.
For us, this pair of delightful tributes that they exchanged just makes us want to rewatch Better Off Ted.
After marrying Ellen DeGeneres, starring on Better Off Ted is the second best thing that Portia’s ever done.