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May 23, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet want to let these 'brave men and women step out of the tabloids'

Much has been made this week of how the Modern Family couple of Cam and Mitch, who got married this week on the ABC comedy, are role models that are helping people be more accepting of real-life gay couples.

The actors who play Cam and Mitch are straight Eric Stonestreet and gay Jesse Tyler Ferguson who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to use their platform to try and bring about even more positive social change.

May 22, 2014

Creator Steve Levitan: 'I think its got an abundance of heart but I also think that it's a really funny episode'

The characters of Mitch and Cam become legally married tonight in the second of a two-part episode focusing on their wedding.

The episode airs on the same week that same-sex marriage became legal in the US states of Oregon and Pennsylvania and the marriage equality debate rages on in courtrooms, on cable television and online message boards.

But the creators and cast members of the multiple-Emmy winning ABC comedy have stuck to their unofficial motto of ‘comedy first’ when it comes to their same-sex nuptials.

May 22, 2014

Creator Steve Levitan: 'I think its got an abundance of heart but I also think that it's a really funny episode'

The characters of Mitch and Cam become legally married tonight in the second of a two-part episode focusing on their wedding.

The episode airs on the same week that same-sex marriage became legal in the US states of Oregon and Pennsylvania and the marriage equality debate rages on in courtrooms, on cable television and online message boards.

But the creators and cast members of the multiple-Emmy winning ABC comedy have stuck to their unofficial motto of ‘comedy first’ when it comes to their same-sex nuptials.

May 13, 2014

'It's what the audience deserves and what Mitch and Cam deserve and I'm just glad we're getting to do it'

Modern Family's harried gay dads Mitch and Cam are tying the knot in a two-part wedding season finale that begins airing this week.

Eric Stonestreet, who has won two Emmys over five seasons for his portrayal of Cam, told Ellen DeGeneres this week on her daytime talk show that it's a culmination for the characters and for fans.

'It's a great journey that Mitch and Cam have been on,' he said. 'It's what the audience deserves and what Mitch and Cam deserve and I'm just glad we're getting to do it.'

May 13, 2014

'It's what the audience deserves and what Mitch and Cam deserve and I'm just glad we're getting to do it'

Modern Family's harried gay dads Mitch and Cam are tying the knot in a two-part wedding season finale that begins airing this week.

Eric Stonestreet, who has won two Emmys over five seasons for his portrayal of Cam, told Ellen DeGeneres this week on her daytime talk show that it's a culmination for the characters and for fans.

'It's a great journey that Mitch and Cam have been on,' he said. 'It's what the audience deserves and what Mitch and Cam deserve and I'm just glad we're getting to do it.'

April 30, 2014

Stonestreet: 'This just feels really great to know that at the end of 5 years Mitch and Cam are having a little bit of completion of their relationship'

For five years, they have played the fictional couple of Cam and Mitch on ABC's Modern Family.

But when it came time to shoot the upcoming two-part wedding episode featuring their characters as the grooms, the emotions got unexpectedly real.

'I have great affection for this man,' Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch, said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week.

March 28, 2014

'The portrait there that's being presented is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful, they're loving, this is paradise, this is the optimum nurturing environment for children...'

Bryan Fischer thinks the audience watching Modern Family doesn't realize the severe damage the show does to culture and family life.

The spokesperson for the anti-gay American Family Association was a guest on Kevin Miller's radio show. The host maintains Christians are troubled by ABC's Modern Family, which has one same-sex couple raising a daughter.

October 8, 2013

Out actor has been nominated for two Emmys for role of Pepper Saltzman

Don't worry Mitch and Cam, Pepper Saltzman is here to help you with your upcoming wedding on Modern Family.

Or maybe start worrying.

The hilariously overbearing character, played by Nathan Lane, will appear in an upcoming episode when Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) allow him to help in the planning of their big day.

October 8, 2013

Out actor has been nominated for two Emmys for role of Pepper Saltzman

Don't worry Mitch and Cam, Pepper Saltzman is here to help you with your upcoming wedding on Modern Family.

Or maybe start worrying.

The hilariously overbearing character, played by Nathan Lane, will appear in an upcoming episode when Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) allow him to help in the planning of their big day.

September 26, 2013

Show is fresh off winning fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy

Cam and Mitch are getting married.

On the fifth season premiere of ABC's Modern Family Wednesday (25 September), Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) propose to each other and both say 'yes' in unison.

The couple, who have an adopted daughter, Lily, found out early in the episode that they could finally legally marry. The plot then involved planning their respective proposals to each other.

Ferguson live tweeted during the telecast with the newly married gay actor writing at one point: 'Yay gay marriage!'

September 23, 2013

ABC sitcom features gay couple raising a child among main characters

Modern Family was shut out in the acting categories but won its fourth consecutive outstanding comedy Emmy on Sunday (22 September).

The popular ABC show prominently features a gay couple raising a young child portrayed by two-time Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet, who was not nominated this year, and three-time nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson who suffered another Emmy loss.

The show's creator, Steve Levitan, was flanked by the show's large cast as he took to the stage to accept yet another best comedy Emmy.

May 16, 2013

'I’m basically doing no acting at all. We’re all clichés of ourselves'

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is aware there are those who think that his character of Mitch and TV husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) aren't a positive representation of LGBT people.

He begs to differ.

May 16, 2013

'I’m basically doing no acting at all. We’re all clichés of ourselves'

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is aware there are those who think that his character of Mitch and TV husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) aren't a positive representation of LGBT people.

He begs to differ.

March 26, 2013

Steve Levitan often told show has 'opened the door for conversation and acceptance'

Gay couple Cam and Mitch have been an intregal part of ABC's comedy hit Modern Family since it debuted in 2009 - a year after California voters passed Proposition 8.

The show is such a big hit that it's even the favorite of Ann Romney, wife of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who is strongly opposed to gay marriage.

The show's co-creator, Steve Levitan, told TheWrap on Monday (25 March) that he hopes the show has helped to change public opinion when it comes to marriage equality.

January 5, 2013

Says he can't imagine a fan of Modern Family would want to deny Mitchell and Cameron the chance to get married

As the Illinois state legislature ponders whether to pass a marriage equality bill next week, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is in the state trying to drum up public support for Illinois to become the 10th state in the US to allow gay marriage.

On the ABC sitcom, Ferguson portrays Mitchell Pritchett who is raising a young daughter with his spouse Cameron Tucker who is played by Eric Stonestreet.

January 5, 2013

Says he can't imagine a fan of Modern Family would want to deny Mitchell and Cameron the chance to get married

As the Illinois state legislature ponders whether to pass a marriage equality bill next week, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is in the state trying to drum up public support for Illinois to become the 10th state in the US to allow gay marriage.

On the ABC sitcom, Ferguson portrays Mitchell Pritchett who is raising a young daughter with his spouse Cameron Tucker who is played by Eric Stonestreet.

December 13, 2012

James Parsons gets nod for Big Bang Theory, Sarah Paulson for Game Change, Tony Kushner nominated for writing screenplay for Lincoln

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association unveiled the nominations for its Golden Globe Awards on Thursday (13 December) and they included some nods for LGBT artists and characters.

Among them are Jim Parsons, the openly gay actor who stars on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. Parsons was nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical television series. 

Parsons won the Globe in 2011 and has also won two Emmys for his portrayal of the straight character of Sheldon Cooper.

December 13, 2012

James Parsons gets nod for Big Bang Theory, Sarah Paulson for Game Change, Tony Kushner nominated for writing screenplay for Lincoln

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association unveiled the nominations for its Golden Globe Awards on Thursday (13 December) and they included some nods for LGBT artists and characters.

Among them are Jim Parsons, the openly gay actor who stars on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. Parsons was nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical television series. 

Parsons won the Globe in 2011 and has also won two Emmys for his portrayal of the straight character of Sheldon Cooper.

October 4, 2012

Audience sees Mitch and Cam 'living the same lives as everybody else'

On ABC's Modern Family, Ty Burr's character of Phil Dunphy has a brother-in-law who is gay and is raising a young daughter with a male partner.

Those characters, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) are among the show's most popular and Burr says that he believes they have helped the gay rights movement in some ways.

September 25, 2012

Egged on by Jimmy Kimmel, Ferguson goes after his Emmy-winning TV husband

At Sunday night's Emmy Awards, Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared moved when Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet paid tribute to him after beating Ferguson for the supporting actor in a comedy prize.

But during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday (24 September), Ferguson appeared to allow himself to be egged on to being a sore loser by the host.

September 25, 2012

Egged on by Jimmy Kimmel, Ferguson goes after his Emmy-winning TV husband

At Sunday night's Emmy Awards, Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared moved when Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet paid tribute to him after beating Ferguson for the supporting actor in a comedy prize.

But during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday (24 September), Ferguson appeared to allow himself to be egged on to being a sore loser by the host.

September 24, 2012

Sitcom featuring gay couple takes four Primetime Emmy awards last night

Modern Family, which features a gay couple as two of the central characters, has won four Emmys including outstanding comedy series.

This is the third year Modern Family have taken the outstanding comedy series prize, this time beating competition from 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls and Veep.

The show also took the comedy series awards for outstanding director (Steven Levitan), supporting actress (Julie Bowen) and supporting actor (Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay father Cameron Tucker).

September 24, 2012

Sitcom featuring gay couple takes four Primetime Emmy awards last night

Modern Family, which features a gay couple as two of the central characters, has won four Emmys including outstanding comedy series.

This is the third year Modern Family have taken the outstanding comedy series prize, this time beating competition from 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls and Veep.

The show also took the comedy series awards for outstanding director (Steven Levitan), supporting actress (Julie Bowen) and supporting actor (Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay father Cameron Tucker).

August 1, 2012

Steve Levitan: 'The minute it becomes our agenda, it loses some of what makes it perhaps special'

It was in the first episode of Modern Family in 2009 that gay couple Cam and Mitch introduced their adopted baby, Lily, to the world.

Since then, the couple - played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet - has been an integral part of the comedy's Emmy-winning formula.

Other US networks have taken notice.

This fall, Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells star as a gay couple having a baby with the help of a surrogate mother in the NBC comedy The New Normal. And over at CBS, Michael Urie and Brandon Routh play a couple in the sitcom Partners.