It’s time for Modern Family to get with the modern times.
This week, the US Supreme Court overturned two limiting pieces of legislation: California’s Prop 8 bill, which forbade same-sex marriages, as well as the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limited homosexual couples from gaining the the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual ones. In celebration of this major move forward for the LGBT community, Modern Family is considering having its two homosexual characters — common law pair Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) — finally tie the knot.
“It’s certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn’t have in prior seasons,” Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd told EW on Wednesday. “As you can imagine in Cam and Mitchell’s life, they would be feeling that a door has opened that was closed to them. Wouldn’t it be pretty tempting to think about walking through it?”
While nothing has been set in stone yet, Lloyd admitted that the Modern Family writers’ room was “celebrating” following the shut downs of DOMA and Prop 8. “We were happy for Mitch and Cam,” he said.
Levithan and the Modern Family crew have been thinking about Cam and Mitch together in holy matrimony for a while, especially with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) starting a petition earlier this year. But they didn’t want to do it because of public pressure. They wanted to do it because it felt right for them and the characters.
Lloyd explained, “To the extent that people are interested in what happens on the show and how they really take these characters to heart, it’s a compliment. But if they want to campaign to influence how we deal with the characters, that starts to be intrusive.”
“The ACLU had their heart in right place, but there was a silliness to the whole thing. They don’t exist, you know! They really are fiction.”
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