Oprah Winfrey hosted a same-sex marriage in 1991 and it was amazing

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Oprah Winfrey has been an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights in recent years.

But it’s not just since LGBT rights became mainstream that Oprah has been raising the issue.

Back in 1991 the talk show host held a discussion on whether same-sex marriages should be legal in America.

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The Christian TV presenter and business woman introduced two women who became the first in the US to have their engagement printed in the marriage pages of a paper.

Sally Hudson and Jennifer Quall had their announcement published in a Washington state newspaper.

The couple explained how their love was no different to that of heterosexuals as they called for marriage equality.

Oprah then introduces a pastor on stage to perform a same-sex wedding between two men.

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Reverend Candace Shultis explains to a surprisingly supportive studio audience that the church should embrace same-sex marriage.

In the episode, Oprah can be seen patting a woman on the back who says, “Accept them, love them, let them explain how they feel about each other.”

Oprah Winfrey

The episode aired more than two decades before marriage equality would become legal in the USA.

Six years later in 1997 she would host Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out – arguing staunchly for LGBT rights.

Watch the first instalment of Oprah’s same-sex marriage episode here:

Oprah was featured in a book of strong women by Chelsea Clinton earlier this year.

Among the women celebrated are Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Ride entered space on the Challenger shuttle in June 1983, becoming the first American woman and youngest ever American to do so.

Following Ride’s death in 2012, her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy opened up about her 27-year relationship with the NASA astronaut – who did not feel she could go public about her sexuality during her life.

In the weeks following Ellen’s coming out to over 42 million viewers, many religious groups began to protest outside their local ABC stations to take Ellen off air.