The show's co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly that the recent court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act could finally signal the nuptials of gay characters Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) some time next season.
"It's a real possibility," Lloyd said. "It's certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn't have in prior seasons. We've had a number of conversations. 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? We imagine a lot of gay couples today are deciding whether to get married now that it's open to them. From our standpoint, that's something to explore."
Can you imagine a Mitch and Cam wedding? We've already seen them at their best in best man mode: Both stood up for gal pal Sal in last season's episode "Best Men," which had Cam panicking over the prospect of all of the pre-wedding "best man stuff." (You know, like picking out the bride's dress, getting her flowers, and getting a salon blow-out.)
At the time, Sal (played by Elizabeth Banks) asked Cam and Mitchell if they were sure they were up to the task of being her best men. "Seriously are you guys okay with this? You know, because I can get married and you guys … can't," she said.
Cam's poignant response: "What kind of people would we be if we denied you or anyone the right to marry?"
Back in Season 3, Mitch and Cam's daughter, Lily, was a foul-mouthed flower girl in another wedding-themed episode, "Little Bo Bleep." While her bright blue dress stole the show, Cam revealed his own claim to wedding-party fame: "I was a three-time ring bearer," he said.
But in the Season 4 episode "Party Crashers," Cam got a little closer to walking down the aisle when he staged a pretend wedding with Lily, even constructing a floral wedding arch and creating a receiving line out of stuffed animals.
"Please do not turn me marrying my daughter into something ugly!" he declared when Mitchell called him out for overdoing it.
But perhaps now Cameron can create the wedding of his dreams -- a real one.
In true comedic form, after the DOMA ruling was announced, Eric Stonestreet tweeted:
His TV partner, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, tweeted:
Meanwhile, "Modern Family" exec producer Christopher Lloyd said, "It's a funny thing, sitting around and celebrating for your characters on a day like this. We were happy for Mitch and Cam today!"
"Modern Family" Season 5 will premiere in September on ABC.
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