The ACLU is pushing for a wedding. According to the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, the nonprofit group has started a petition to let the producers of the ABC hit comedy “Modern Family” know that Americans are ready and will tune in to see a wedding between the characters of Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet).
The group believes characters such as Mitch and Cam help shape public consciousness because they do have a wide range of viewers and are relatable. So why not a gay wedding during a time where the country is making history with the recent legalization of marriage in states such as Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, and Rhode Island as well as the two pending cases in the Supreme Court that will have an impact on the freedom to marry.
The invitation reads:
“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, and the freedom to marry is being advanced in American living rooms as much as in court rooms.”
The ACLU also believes that “for many, Mitch and Cam are the gay couple with whom they interact the most. Inviting 13 million people to Mitch and Cam’s wedding will only bring more people into the push for marriage equality.”
Recent cancellations of network shows such as “The New Normal” and “Happy Endings” will result in a decrease of LGBT characters on TV. This follows a 2012-13 broadcast season which saw a record number of LGBT characters featured on television. Such exposure raises awareness and also helps decrease societal stereotypes that contribute to homophobia. The popularity of “Modern Family” can help transcend attitudes in a positive direction. Something that “The New Normal” attempted by focusing on current social issues. But the show wasn’t established enough to fully capture the type of audience “Modern Family” attracts.
Would you tune in to see Mitch and Cam wed on “Modern Family”?