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DOMA's Downfall Leads To An Emotional Cam-Mitch Proposal On Modern Family

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09/27/2013 12:15 am
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DOMA's Downfall Leads To An Emotional Cam-Mitch Proposal On Modern Family
Media Courtesy of ABC

Whitney Pierce

Staff Writer

It was only a few months ago that same-sex marriage in California was made legal. Thanks to that decision, we have finally gotten to see a very popular same-sex couple get engaged! Of course I'm referring to Modern Family's Mitchell and Cameron, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. During the season premiere of the ABC sitcom, Mitchell and Cam finally took the plunge and one of the television show's openly gay writer and producer, Lacey Rose, is speaking out about how much it meant to him to be able to be a part of that historical episode. In an exclusive piece with The Hollywood Reporter, Rose states that it all kind of began when DOMA and Prop 8 seemed to be on everyone's radar. He says that they have been very vague on the show about where it takes place. He mentions that he didn't want to have Mitchell and Cam have to leave the state in order to be married or have some sort of fake commitment ceremony. Therefore when it was passed that same-sex marriage would be legal in California, that cemented the idea that Mitchell and Cam would be getting engaged in the season five premiere. With the premiere sorted out for the most part, Rose says that he knew they could make much more happen with the legalization than just a one-off episode of an engagement and a wedding. It gave the writers a lot more stories to tell including a party planner being needed, bachelor party and many other ideas to make this be a large arc for the season. With such a huge moment comes a very large discussion of how the proposal would actually happen. Trying to stay true to the show's nature of not being political, the writer's decided that rather having one of the men propose that they would be find themselves on separate tracks and would end up proposing to each other. Rose says that it felt natural to him that he would be drawn to writing this episode and was very interested in doing so. He says that as be began writing, he became very emotional. He explains that he was tearing up while he was writing it and certainly teared up the moment Mitch and Cam both say "yes" at the same time. He says that he felt like "okay, maybe I got it right because I never cry at weddings." I think you DEFINITELY got it right, sir. The emotion and love that was involved in writing that also seemed to cause a bit of a love fest among Rose and his fellow writers. "It's not that we're not sweet to each other normal, but we all have a lot of work to do and you forget to send an e-mail or compliment a writer on a draft that comes in. But I got a lot of really nice notes for this one" Rose says. Rose closes his exclusive by saying that the "historic" part of being involved with the episode is because they'll be the first gay characters legally married on television but it's about telling that story. Telling a story in such a way that a lot of people can relate to on different levels. That is his job as a writer and he indeed is doing his job well! If you want to read the full piece by Lacey Rose, you can do so here.


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