First same-sex couple gets engaged on 'Bachelor' franchise

“Bachelor in Paradise” featured a same-sex engagement during Tuesday night’s season finale, the first for “The Bachelor” franchise.

Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty already had the first same-sex relationship featured in the franchise, which includes “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” which just completed its sixth season.


Burnett, an interior designer, began this season of the show building a relationship with fellow contestant Derek Puth. However, she revealed to her castmates and viewers that she was dating Haggerty before the show began, and she was torn between the relationships.  

Haggerty, an ordained minister, came to Mexico to surprise Burnett and appear on the show, and the two continued dating for the rest of the season. The show also featured Burnett struggle with coming out and embracing her identity publicly. 

“There were a lot of things that came between us, mostly myself and my own struggles,” Burnett told Haggerty as she proposed. “Like you said, I came here to find myself. But I found myself in you.” 

LGBTQ organizations celebrated the engagement after the finale aired. 

"'Bachelor in Paradise’s’ inclusion of Demi Burnett’s coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series,” Anthony Ramos, head of talent at the LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD, told NBC News.  

“Tens of millions of people around the world watch ’The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ franchises, and this move to include a same-sex relationship in an honest fashion has the power to upend preconceived notions of LGBTQ people like Demi who are attracted to more than one gender,” he continued.

Burnett had blasted viewers who did not support her coming out this season earlier this year, including responding to one fan of the show who said she would not be watching this season because of the same-sex couple.