Today, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia DeRossi were on Oprah for their first-ever interview as a married couple. They opened up about falling in love, the difficulty of coming out, and why legal marriage for same-sex couples is crucial.

In this clip, Portia explains when she knew she was in love with Ellen, and why she was reticent to come out of the closet.

Here, the couple discusses how their lives and well-being have been positively affected by coming out of the closet, and how their love for each other overcame Portia's fear of public rejection concerning her sexual orientation.