Ann Romney: 'Modern Family' boss Steve Levitan has a job for you
This prompted a sardonic reaction from "Family" co-creator Steve Levitan
"Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show," he tweeted Aug. 28. "We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal."
Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal.-- Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) August 28, 2012
He's referring, of course, to the committed gay couple played by actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. Although the partners share an adopted daughter on the ABC sitcom, they are legally prohibited from marrying.
And Mitt Romney wants to keep it that way.
His position couldn't be more clear in the Values section of his election website: "Marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it is so important to preserve traditional marriage -- the joining together of one man and one woman. As president, Mitt will not only appoint an Attorney General who will defend the Defense of Marriage Act -- a bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton -- but he will also champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman."
President Barack Obama, who officially endorsed gay marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts in June, has also cited "Modern Family" as one of the first family's favorite shows.
It's unclear whether Romney's opinion about "Family" would change if Cam and Mitch were married -- but it's a safe bet she won't be making a cameo.
For his part, Ferguson says he is "thrilled" about his high-profile fans: "I have to say, I'm actually thrilled Mitt & Ann Romney love 'Modern Family,'" the actor tweeted Aug. 29. "I hope it sparks something in them! #Equality"
I have to say, I'm actually thrilled Mitt & Ann Romney love "Modern Family". I hope it sparks something in them!-- Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) August 29, 2012