9:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Modern Family' Considering a Gay Wedding After Supreme Court Rulings
Wedding bells could soon ring on Modern Family.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that a marriage for gay couple Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is being considered for season five storylines, as first reported by EW.
News of Cam and Mitch's possible coupling comes on the heels of the Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, both moves towards expanding gay marriage in the United States. The duo, who share a TV daughter, have been together since the series premiere -- and many have pushed for the characters to make it legal.
“It’s a real possibility,” series co-creator Christopher Lloyd told EW. “It’s certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn’t have in prior seasons."
Just last month, the ACLU launched a campaign to get the ABC comedy to write in a wedding. The group petitioned producers to consider a Cam-and-Mitch marriage with a wedding-themed invitation.
"We’re doing this not just because we love Modern Family, but because we are at a watershed moment when the Supreme Court is considering two cases regarding the freedom to marry; when states are passing marriage equality laws with increasing frequency; and a majority of Americans support marriage equality," reads the petition. "And the freedom to marry is being advanced in American living rooms as much as in court rooms."
Both Ferguson and Stonestreet reacted to the Supreme Court rulings on Tuesday.
"Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all," wrote Ferguson, whose co-star took a more humorous route.
"I'm happy for my gay & lesbian friends," wrote Stonestreet. "Cheers to gorgeous, wonderful & beautiful weddings, long, happy & fruitful lives and then dying."