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ACLU: Time for TV’s ‘Modern Family’ gay couple to get married

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union is lobbying for the most prominent gay parents on U.S. television to get married.

The campaign aimed at ABC’s “Modern Family” comes as momentum for gay marriage builds in parts of the country.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (left) and Eric Stonestreet, from ABC’s sitcom “Modern Family.”
Photo: Peter “Hopper” Stone, Courtesy ABC

ACLU Action started a campaign to urge the show’s producers to write a wedding episode for Mitchell and Cameron, fathers of an adopted child and one of three couples at the heart of the show.

The ACLU says it is appealing to the fictional family to draw more attention to the real issue as the Supreme Court deliberates on two important marriage equality cases.

“Mitch and Cam are a couple that America has come to know and love, and seeing them get married, and seeing the characters in the story grapple with their desire to get married, makes it real for a bigger part of America,” said James Esseks, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project at the ACLU.

Supporters are invited to “RSVP” to the wedding online. The ACLU plans to deliver the online “guest list” to the show’s producers but said it had not yet contacted the show.

ABC referred questions to 20th Century Fox Studios, which did not immediately respond.

Show creator Steven Levitan tweeted a link to the campaign with “Wow.”

Jessie Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell, tweeted: “Love this! Thank you ACLU!”

Esseks said the petition was a departure for the group, but that along with filing lawsuits, lobbying for bills or organizing ballot initiatives, the group saw public education and changing the culture as part of its mission. He applauded what “Modern Family” has done already for public perception of gay couples.

“It’s a popular show, they’re a lovable, very real couple, and it would be great to see them walk down the aisle,” he said.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. Remind the ACLU that the couple lives in California, where their right to marry was stripped away at the ballot box.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:49pm
  2. Yes and no.. Not every lifelong gay couple wants to marry. There’re many who see the fight for marriage equality as a red herring that distracts from the issues of queer liberation in general.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 3:00pm
  3. I love television, and I’m not trying to deny the importance society puts on famous role models… but surely any time spent lobbying for a fictional couple to get married in a state that doesn’t grant equal marriage rights is time being wasted? I’d much rather lobby for the actual right to marry in all states that do not allow marriage equality. No offense to Cam and Mitch who I’m sure will one day have a beautiful wedding on Modern Family, but it will be fictional and I would much rather see my moms’ real-life wedding first. (They’ve been waiting 38 years…)

    Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 6:03pm
  4. Assimilationist bullshit.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:50pm