'Modern Family' Star: Show Serves as 'Trojan Horse' for Same-Sex Marriage

Thanks to a sitcom-worthy snafu, Cam and Mitchell didn't exchange vows--yet--during the first part of Modern Family's season finale Wednesday night.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the openly gay actor who plays Mitchell on the Emmy winning show, suggests Modern Family already has made a mark in the cultural debate on same-sex marriage all the same.

Ferguson told the Wall Street Journal that the program's gentle introduction of two appealing gay characters allowed viewers to see the cultural debate from a positive perspective.

It’s certainly hard to pat ourselves on the back because we are just doing a comedy, but I can’t ignore that the show has social ramifications and I think there’s something really lovely about the way our writers have introduced Cam and Mitch to America,” Ferguson said. “For a lot of people they might be the first gay couple that they know, or at least that they know are definitely gay, and I think it presents them in a very safe way. We sort of call our show the Trojan horse [because] we sneak in people’s rooms and before they know it they love us.

The second part of Modern Family's season finale airs at 9 p.m. EST May 21 on ABC.


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