Series history was just made on CBS' long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless -- and it involves one of daytime TV's most beloved queer couples!
According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, on Thursday's episode of Y&R (which first premiered back in 1973), fan-favorite couple Mariah (played by Camryn Grimes) is set to propose to her GF Tessa (played by Cait Fairbanks), marking the first time in the series' history there has ever been a same-sex engagement.
\u201cTessa deserves this. Mariah deserves this. They deserve this. We deserve this. #Teriah\u201d
— Karen - \u201cProgress Not Perfection\u201d (@Karen - \u201cProgress Not Perfection\u201d)
Fans of the couple (affectionately dubbed Teriah by its most passionate stans) probably won't see this proposal coming as a surprise since Tessa already previously proposed to Mariah in an episode that aired earlier this month, but getting to see more joyful, queer love like this portrayed on screen is still a very welcome sight for LGBTQ+ fans, especially since, as EW points out, Tessa and Mariah are "the only full-time, same-sex couple in daytime right now."
"We get information in our scripts literally as we go, so after the first proposal, it was a surprise to learn about the second," Grimes said in a statement to the publication. "I thought nothing could have been more appropriate for these characters, who as a couple view themselves as equals. That concept was really exciting to me, and after being engaged personally, now it seems crazy that it doesn't more often!"
"I had no clue there was a second proposal to be perfectly honest!" Fairbanks added. "Getting proposed to did make me more emotional because I didn't have to say anything and I could just absorb the speech Mariah gave! It was a special and beautiful moment."
The Young and the Restless airs daily on weekdays on CBS.